Bon voyage, Dinah

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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 city.

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 and fellowship.

We hope that you will join us in wishing her good fortune in Prague.

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