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Newsroom stalwart Janice Rickert retires after nearly 42 years at HT

“Some days you catch the bear; some days the bear catches you. But every day is a different bear.”

Long ago when the Herald-Times was called The Herald-Telephone, editor Bill Schrader used that phrase to explain why working for a daily newspaper never gets old.

I’ve been in the business for almost 50 years now and it’s still exciting most of the time, but the pace has gotten more tiring. So this weekend, I’m hanging up the metaphorical green visor I first put on as editor of my high school newspaper and beginning a new phase of my life.

My professional career began right after I graduated from high school in 1973. I worked summers as a reporter, photographer, and general vacation fill-in at the Herald-Press in Huntington while earning a journalism degree at Ball State University. After gigs at the Fortville and Franklin newspapers involving news and sports work, I ended up at the HT in 1980 and have worked here ever since, mostly as an editor, page designer, and behind-the-scenes manager.

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