by Judy Brune
Long-time president and editor-in-chief of Stockbridge Community News (SCN), Patrice Johnson, announced her resignation from the organization’s board of directors, effective April 25, 2021.
Johnson, who is looking forward to “pursuing other interests,” shared with board members her firm belief that the organization is well positioned for continued success. “SCN is on sound financial footing and runs like a well-oiled machine,” Johnson said.
Five years ago, Johnson was inspired to help develop and grow a local news and information service. Under her leadership, SCN was founded and has since expanded its print circulation to approximately 21,000 area residents in nearly 9,000 local households. Additionally, online website and Facebook pages garner an estimated 2,700 daily views.
“The community is strengthened through the good works of Stockbridge Community News,” Johnson observed. To ensure it remains strong, SCN board members have met and assigned Johnson’s responsibilities to temporary replacements and have begun the process of selecting Johnson’s successor.
An award-winning author, Johnson still has plenty on her to-do list. Currently, she is working on her second book, “Tyler’s Ledge,” a standalone sequel that follows her first nonfiction narrative, “The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson: Based on the Journals of a Young Man Turned Fugitive.” In May 2021, the RiverRun International Film Festival will premiere “Finding Tyler: A Journey with an Unpredictable Past,” a short documentary that focuses on Tyler Johnson, the deceased son of Patrice Johnson.
Fellow SCN board member and treasurer Judy Williams shared her thoughts on Johnson’s resignation, “We will miss Patrice’s leadership and participation immensely, but like any well run organization, we are fortunate to have a structure in place that enables us to continue to keep the SCN operating smoothly. We wish Patrice continued success in all her endeavors.”