Welcoming back an old friend

As a military spouse, I am used to people coming and going from my life. For many years we lived in military housing which is the epitome of a revolving door. People come and go from military housing on a weekly, sometimes even daily, basis as orders are processed and executed. Some days it seemed like there were so many new people in our neighborhood that it was impossible to keep track of them all.

Once we bought our house in Murrieta, those revolving neighbor issues came to standstill. We live in an established neighborhood, and while there have been a few new neighbors over the past five years, most have stayed the same.

Work has been much of the same, while some writers have come and gone, mostly the staff is the same as it was when I started with Valley News nearly three years ago.

One of those writers who left us was a young fellow by the name of Alex Groves.

Alex was employed at Valley News throughout his time as a college student. He worked as a writer and as the weekend news desk editor. Eventually, he graduated college and moved to a daily newspaper where he excelled on his beat. I watched this rising superstar for more than a year, seeing his name in print and bumping into him at various news events. Every time, I thought to myself, “I sure wish we could get him back at Valley News.”

A few weeks ago, Alex reached out to Valley News Publisher Julie Reeder and myself, inquiring on the status of a possible position with Valley News. I was thrilled, excited and hoped beyond hope that we could broker a deal with this young writer who was making waves across the local news scene.

After some back and forth, I am pleased to announce that Alex Groves has returned to the staff of Valley News and we couldn’t be happier.

His thoughtful writing style and passion for this business makes our acquisition of Alex a big win for all of us in the newsroom and for Valley News readers as well. He has a well-earned reputation for being accurate, fair and balanced and for telling a story in a timely and responsible manner, every time.

Alex will cover breaking news as well as the Temecula and Wildomar beats, where he will report on everything from council meetings to community events. You might even see his byline in a dining story or two, and on a good day, you should be able to find him out on the streets, searching out the news.

For us at Valley News, Alex’s return to the fold signals the coming of a new era, one with fresh eyes and a young perspective. We are excited to see what he will bring each week to both our print edition and website, which readers can access by visiting www.myvalleynews.com.

Please join us in welcoming Alex Groves back to Valley News.

If you have a story idea for Alex or just want to say hello, you can reach him by calling our offices at (951) 763-5510 or by email at [email protected].

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