THE EDITOR of the Kirkintilloch Herald Series, Christine McPherson, is leaving the paper this week after 18 years in her current role.
Christine (46) joined the paper as a junior reporter 28 years ago. A former pupil of Kirkintilloch High School, she studied journalism at Napier College in Edinburgh.
After a five year spell as Chief Reporter, she was appointed editor of the title in 1987.
In that time the Herald has introduced four editions; launched the free publication, the Advertiser, across the north of Glasgow; and taken over the Glasgow East News (GEN), which distributes throughout the east of the city.
For the last seven years, Christine has been Group editor of the Johnston Press Glasgow titles, including the MIlngavie & Bearsden Herald, the Motherwell Times and Bellshill Speaker.
This week she admitted that her decision to leave the paper had not been an easy one.
"It has been an honour to be the editor of my local paper and It will be a wrench to leave.
"There is still a great community spirit in this area, and the Herald has always played a great part, leading campaigns and fighting for the issues that concern local residents.
"Living locally, I share many of their concerns and frustrations, particularly over the loss of hospital services, the lack of leisure facilities in Kirkintilloch and the closure of many other facilities across the district."
Christine, who has two daughters (19 and 2), one son (11) and three step-daughters, has also played a leading role in the campaign to save services at Stobhill Hospital.
She added: "I have loved every minute of my time at the Herald.
"Being the editor is not a nine to five job, but I have been lucky to have such good support over the years from my husband, children and, particularly, my parents.
"I have been invited to become involved in a couple of part-time projects, which involve newspapers, and I'm looking forward to that.
"But after 28 years, I think I have earned myself 'some time off for good behaviour'."
An announcement on Christine's successor will be made shortly.