“Keep up the good work”

At his Tribune retirement party the other month, Bill Brand told me he’d start posting comments on this blog, now that he was no longer a colleague, but I don’t think he ever did. He said he actually found the site interesting, which I took as high praise.

Bill was a reporter and a beer blogger and, when I first started at the paper, he edited copy on Friday nights. He used to go out of his way to let me know when he liked something I had written. Then he’d shake his head and say how boring he found most articles about education.

Yesterday, I dug up an email Bill wrote me about a year ago. He had just read one of my pieces, which shall remain unnamed. “Fascinating, horrible, depressing,” he wrote. “Keep up the good work.”

He died early yesterday morning, almost two weeks after he was hit by a Muni train in San Francisco. Angela Hill wrote a humorous and touching obituary about him, which I thought I’d post. You can read it here.

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Oakland Teacher

    My sympathies to Bill’s family and to those he worked with. I know journalists develop close relationships with their editors and mentors.

    He was right about your writing, Katie. It is informative and provocative.

  • Katy Murphy

    Thank you.