A few words need to be said here about the departure of Rick Green, The Hartford Courant’s columnist, blogger, and tweeter extraordinaire.
After 27 years, Green is leaving The Courant today for a new job as the spokesman for the University of Vermont Foundation.
Starting out as a correspondent who handled local news in places like Portland and Cromwell, Green made his mark covering public education in Hartford and gambling at the casinos. In the old days of the 1990s, Green was one of the young up-and-comers at the paper in a class of reporters with Mike Swift, Mike McIntire and Eric Lipton. McIntire and Lipton are now at The New York Times.
Eventually, Green established himself as part of the heart and soul of The Courant – one of the best known faces at the paper. By 2006, he won the Master Reporter Award – a rare honor for lifetime achievement that is bestowed on only one veteran reporter per year in all of New England. The past winners have included Courant alumni like Swift and McIntire, along with veteran investigative reporter Jon Lender.
Always looking for a new challenge, Green became a master tweeter and currently has more than 6,600 followers on Twitter – far more than many reporters. As the political editor, he most recently oversaw coverage at the state Capitol and spearheaded this blog that you are reading right now.
When you add it all up, it’s been a heckuva career. He will be missed.