Lois Henry announces departure from Bakersfield Californian

Longtime journalist files final story

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - If you have lived in Bakersfield long, you probably know the name Lois Henry. 
But this week, the longtime columnist announced she will be leaving the Bakersfield Californian at the end of this month.
Through the power of print, she has advocated for the people in our community.
For 30 years, Henry has walked up these steps, through the doors of the Bakersfield Californian, but on August 27, the long-time columnist will file her last story
"The Californian has given me a lot of opportunities," Henry told 17 News. "It's been really fun. The community has been really great to report on. But you know, after 30 years, it's time to try and maybe do something different."
Henry is taking her passion for advocacy to a new company called Bizfed, where she will push businesses to become more civically involved. 
The columnist started with the paper back in 1990. Henry has covered topics ranging from water, to fireworks, to city council.
Senior Editor Robert Price, who has been at the Californian just one year shy of Henry describes her as a "spitfire" and the expert, saying the community is "losing an important voice."
 "I think readers recognize her more than anybody else on our staff," Robert told 17 news. "People identify her as the voice of the Californian to a great extent."
Price said while Henry's position will eventually be filled -- she will leave a void at the paper. 
Many people on social media are expressing shock over Henry's departure from the paper, adding they're grateful for her dedication to exposing problems in our community. 
Henry said she plans to stay in Bakersfield.


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