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From the editor: Praise for devoted team covering COVID-19 pandemic


When I say that putting together the May print edition of The Christian Chronicle was a true team effort, I’m not exaggerating.

Our work on the hard-copy version of the Chronicle came at the same time our small staff was providing regular updates on our website.

Between Tennessee’s tornadoes and the coronavirus, we approached a half-million pageviews in March. That’s a record. We appreciate that more and more readers know they don’t have to wait until the Chronicle arrives in the mail to read our coverage.

Now, it’s easier than ever to stay connected with us. Our brand-new Chronicle app was just released and is available in the app stores. Digital News Editor Chellie Ison worked long hours with our service provider to get the app up and running.

The app and a crossword puzzle have been longtime dreams of Erik Tryggestad, our CEO and president. Now we have both.

Speaking of Tryggestad, he not only preaches and raises money to keep the Chronicle afloat, but he’s also a veteran journalist who wrote our Page 1 story on the troublesome times we are facing.

Others involved in our in-depth coverage include Laura Akins, a former Chronicle writer who returns this month as our new reviews editor; Hamil R. Harris, our East Coast correspondent; Cheryl Mann Bacon, our West Texas correspondent; Erin Floyd, a recent Harding University journalism graduate who just finished a three-month internship with us; and Ison.

Tonya Patton, our advertising manager, isn’t a part of our news team, but we couldn’t do what we do without her vital work. Melinda Wilson also is invaluable to our advertising department, and Louise Beyer keeps our financial records up to date.

I also must mention our lead administrative assistant, Lynda Sheehan, who delivered page proofs to my house and left them on the front doorstep so we could maintain our social isolation. Sheehan and Joy McMillon proofed these pages.

Finally, I would be remiss, dear reader, if I did not thank you for reading and supporting the Chronicle. I thank God for you.

BOBBY ROSS JR. is Editor-in-Chief of The Christian Chronicle. Reach him at [email protected].

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