Introducing New Editor of Encinitas Patch, Fresh from Marine Beat

Award-winning journalist Daniel Woolfolk succeeds Marlena Medford, who gains new Patch role.

It’s often said the one constant in life is change, and that’s certainly held true in Encinitas lately. This week voters ushered in new councilmembers, and after an 18-year wait, elected a new county supervisor.

Even the weather is changing as autumn makes a late but welcomed appearance. And things are changing at Encinitas Patch, too.

As Patch continues to improve and expand, I’ll be taking on a new regional role that allows me to focus on engaging more readers, a facet of my job I love. And Patch isn’t all that’s improving and expanding.

As many of you may already know, my husband and I will be welcoming our first baby this spring, right here in Encinitas. We’ve sprouted new roots in this town, and I’m happy to say you’ll still see me out and about—just likely with a little girl in tow. And because I’ll still be a big part of the Patch team, you can rest assured I’m more invested in covering this community than ever.

Today I’m handing the reins over to Daniel Woolfolk, who you may know as the editor of Camp Pendleton Patch. He, like me and many of you, has had fallen in love with Encinitas. He moved to North County from the East Coast and it wasn’t long until he was slipping down to Encinitas a few times a week to grab a bite downtown or enjoy our beautiful coastline.

He couldn’t resist its magnetic charm, and who among us could blame him? Daniel will soon be moving to Encinitas, and I hope you’ll join me in making him feel like a local.

Though it’s bittersweet for me to end my time as editor of Encinitas Patch, I take a lot of comfort in knowing I’m leaving the 2-year-old site in good hands.

Daniel would never toot his horn, so allow me: He earned his graduate degree at Columbia University’s School of Journalism, where he was a Pulitzer-Moore fellow and intern for Lens, the photojournalism blog of The New York Times.

He took over Camp Pendleton Patch last year, and his reporting recently earned him three awards from the San Diego Press Club. Daniel also served in the US Army as a Cavalry Scout and deployed to Kosovo and Iraq as a reconnaissance machine gunner. He’s studied Arabic and German, and he’s fluent in Spanish.

I encourage you to contact Daniel, or better yet, invite him out for a cup of coffee or to your next community event. You can reach Daniel at daniel.woolfolk@patch.com or 760-237-0204. 

Mim Michelove November 09, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Marlena, you have been a local ray of sunshine, a spectacular community supporter and a true professional on the Encinitas Patch. Congratulations on all of your changes. We are so lucky that you will be sticking around! All the best to you. Daniel, welcome to Encinitas. You'll have a great time getting to know the community and our local cast of characters!
BW November 09, 2012 at 02:52 PM
Congratulations Marlena. Your considerable involvement in bringing and growing the Patch here in Encinitas is greatly appreciated. All the best in your new "venture".
Suzannah Crowder November 09, 2012 at 02:59 PM
Congratulations, Daniel! I travel a bunch with my work (I'm currently in SW Florida and miss home in Encinitas!) and Encinitas Patch is one of the ways I stay in touch with what's going on back home. I appreciate all you and Marlena do to keep me up to date and am looking forward to much more to come. And congratulations to Marlena on the little one you'll soon welcome to the world!
Cyrus Kamada November 09, 2012 at 03:43 PM
Congratulations and thanks Marlena for guiding the development of The Patch into a vital hub for citizen awareness and engagement. You should be proud of what you accomplished, and we wish you the best as you join the biggest club in the world. And, welcome to Encinitas Daniel. We look forward to your contributions and leadership. It's great to see your generation taking over in preserving a free press that truly reports what's happening in our community.
Judd Handler November 09, 2012 at 05:15 PM
It has been a great pleasure working with you Marlena! Good luck and congrats!
kathleen lindemann November 09, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Marlena, I am so glad that you are not leaving the Patch just altering your role and that you will be raising your family here. I think one of the best things about Encinitas is that wherever you go you run into nice people. I look forward to seeing you out and about.
Cyndi Darlington November 09, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Congrats Marlena! You are such a joy to work with and I'm so happy you will be starting your family here in Encinitas! It's such a fantastic place to raise kids. And welcome to Daniel too, will look forward to having you here!
Lynn Marr November 09, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Marlena, thanks for your excellent service, and congratulations. I'm glad you'll still be a community member. The Patch has offered welcome local news and a forum for concerned, involved citizens to share our voices, to be heard, and to listen to the perspective of other readers. Community involvement and engagement is essential for optimal opportunities for successful interface between the media, the public, businesses and our governing entities.
Daniel Woolfolk November 09, 2012 at 08:50 PM
Thank you, everybody, for the kind words and emails.
Diane Y. Welch November 09, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Congratulations to both of you! I'll look out for you and the little 'un, Marlena. This is a most exciting time for your family!
hank stelzl November 09, 2012 at 09:37 PM
Congrats to both and we at Paul Ecke Central look wish you both all the best in the coming year.
Abi Cotler O'Roarty November 09, 2012 at 10:22 PM
Welcome Daniel, I look forward to meeting you and helping you settle into our fabulous town. Marlena: Oh I'll miss having you as a boss, it's been a pleasure!
Danielle Stewart November 09, 2012 at 10:57 PM
We love the PATCH!! Marlena, you did an amazing job during your time as Editor and you were very involved in the community. We appreciate all of your hard work and always allowing the community a platform to be heard. Welcome Daniel, I look forward to following your success as our newbie and I also look forward to seeing you at the coffee cart! Danielle & Shawn Sbrega - Global Grind Coffee
Frank H. Robles November 10, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Wellcome Daniel, looking foward to keeping the PATCH one of my Fav's......!!!
Lisa Shaffer November 10, 2012 at 02:41 AM
Ditto all the accolades for Marlena and welcome Daniel. Patch serves an important role for Encinitas. Lisa
Marlena Medford November 10, 2012 at 03:32 AM
Thank you everyone for all the well wishes. It’s been an adventure covering Encinitas, a joy making my home here, and a thrill to now be starting my family here. I can say that largely because of all of you, the people who help make Encinitas such an irresistibly alluring place—so thank you for that, too.
Teresa Arballo Barth November 10, 2012 at 03:55 AM
Looking forward to meeting Daniel and keeping in touch with you Marlena. Patch has become an important part of Encinitas.
Olivier Canler November 11, 2012 at 05:19 AM
Marlena, You have done a great job for Encinitas Patch these last 2 years. Patch is great because it's flexible, easily to post to, and open to all opinions. You will be missed as the editor of Encinitas Patch. Welcome to Daniel at Encinitas Patch!
Hoa Quách November 12, 2012 at 09:58 PM
Great news for Encinitas!
Al Ein November 17, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Thanks Patch.... you are now the only valuable public news source beyond blogs.... considering the local rags where bought by a Developer Doug Manchester. I quite even looking at them completely. My prediction is they will both die like twigs without water.


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