e have a wonderful alumni club of
talented journalists who have worked for Travel Weekly over the
years. Many of them still contribute to the publication. One of my
great pleasures has been to watch the progress of their careers
after they've left us. Several have gone on to highly successful
careers as freelance writers.
While some former staffers left us to travel extensively, I
can't recall any full-time editor on our staff who has left us to
settle into a journalism job outside the U.S.
But that's what will happen next week when Dinah Spritzer, the
editor of our Europe sections, leaves to take a position with the
Prague Post, an English-language weekly in the Czech capital.
We will hate to see Dinah go because she is loved and respected
in our newsroom, but we're all very excited for her and admire her
spunk in moving to this burgeoning European city. We were surprised
at first by this extraordinary move, but we soon recognized that it
is a logical extension of the work she has done here.
Dinah has become an expert both in the travel business and the
politics of Europe, particularly of eastern Europe. She has spent a
good deal of time in that region of the world, and her reports have
enriched our pages.
Her knowledge has helped us in many ways. She organized and
presided over two successful conferences on Europe, focusing in
particular on the arrival of the euro.
Her coverage of the European travel scene went beyond the pages
of our special sections. Her news instincts led her to produce
stories that found their way to our front page, including reports
on the effects of the strife in the former Yugoslavia. She learned
a good deal about the former Soviet Union and helped us understand
what it's like to travel in post-communist Russia.
Her decision to go to work in Europe is an example of her
determination and courage. She tells us that some 60,000 citizens
of Prague now read English. They include expatriates and a steadily
growing number of Czechs who are learning the language.
In her new job at the Post, she will manage a section called
Tempo, featuring a roundup of information on what to do in Prague.
I gather from our conversations that there is more than enough to
fill Tempo's pages with news of the many activities in the
Dinah brought energy, spirit and laughter to our newsroom. We
are proud of her and want to thank her for many years of good work
We hope that you will join us in wishing her good fortune in