Bill Glaberson wrote to his New York Times colleagues last week:
As some of you know, I am leaving the paper next week after more than 25 years. The buyout is giving me a chance to try to be a writer. I didn’t want to go without saying thank you for the great experience of working alongside all of you, whose drive to find out the truth and tell it better than we told it yesterday makes The Times better every week, every month than it was before.
I was curious about his mention of “a chance to try to be a writer.” Does he plan to write fiction after years of dealing with facts? He tells Romenesko readers:
My idea on the writing is to see what happens, which has not been the definition of my life in journalism for the last 31 years– I was at Business Week and at a trade paper before I came to The Times. Lots of people hear fiction when I say that. What I am thinking is narrative nonfiction, but if it goes somewhere else: how fun would that be? I have always loved telling the story.
The 60-year-old Glaberson — he interviewed me in 1995, when I was at Milwaukee magazine and he covered media for the Times — finishes his Times career on Friday. “Many of your readers may remember me because I covered the newspaper business at The Times for some years,” he writes in an email. “But I have done a lot of things at The Times, worked for every major desk except Foreign, including covering Guantanamo in the end of the Bush years and the beginning of Obama, and courts in many incarnations, including a series on the Justice Courts of New York where the judges are not lawyers.”