COLUMBIA — Jim Robertson, the managing editor of the Columbia Daily Tribune, will retire this month after 36 years at the newspaper.
Robertson began working on the copy desk at the Tribune, a job he held for six months. He has also held roles as the paper's business, editorial and city editors.
After thinking about retirement for a year and a half, Robertson said he decided now was the time.
Working with his colleagues is the part of the job Robertson said he will miss the most.
"There are so many creative, smart people who can do anything they want," he said. "But they chose newspaper journalism."
He recalled fond memories of working with Phil Gottschalk, a former Tribune wire editor, and Irene Haskins, who was a humor columnist.
"You miss everybody who’s been through here and done great things," he said. "But it's the ones who aren’t here anymore that give you a special feeling."
Robertson led the Tribune's transition after it was purchased by GateHouse Media in October, and he led the way as the paper switched from afternoon to morning delivery in February.
He said he's enjoyed serving the community through journalism.
"They react to what I do and give me support,” he said. "They don’t always agree with me, but that’s part of the job."
Robertson said he respects the community, and in return, he hopes the community respects him.
"No matter what their story is, no matter what their opinions are, no matter how they treat you, you should give them the respect that they deserve for giving you feedback," he said.
Supervising editor is Ellen Cagle.