So Long Amy

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Just one more day before our managing editor, Amy Fischbach, leaves the magazine to have her second child and become a stay-at-home mom. We're going to miss her efficiency in overseeing the production of the magazine, in handling multiple stories at one time, in her Web site work and, most importantly, we'll miss her kindness and professionalism.

However, I'm happy to say that Amy won't be far from us. Once she's back on her feet again, she will become our freelancer. Until now, we've used very few freelancers, but I've found that I need to step away from some of the writing to focus on long-range planning, and Amy's journalism background and expertise in reporting and writing is the combination we need to continue with our stellar reporting on the news and trends in the industry. Amy's writing skills have won her more than one award--a Maggie Award finalist for her steroid story and an ASBPE award for her coverage of Bally Total Fitness.

Amy played an integral role in the redesign of our Web site. She had valuable Web experience that we will miss. One of her main projects has been the Step by Step columns, which have proven to be some of the more popular articles on our Web site. Jennipher Shaver, our associate editor, will now handle that department.

Amy also helped tremendously with the redesign of our Newsbeat e-newsletter more than a year ago and with our magazine redesign last summer.

We'll miss seeing Amy every day in the office, but we're happy to continue working with her in another capacity.

I'll introduce you to our new managing editor next week. -Pam

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