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Column: Veteran reporter's news journey continues in Airdrie

Hi all, my name is Tim Kalinowski. I look forward to lending my voice, for a time, to tell your stories of city and county, and ask that you please look kindly on this scribe who now presents himself for the first time among you. 
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Another hot summer day brings another new arrival to the commuter city of Airdrie and the rural communities of Rocky View County. 

Hi all, my name is Tim Kalinowski. I have been a full-time reporter since 2009. In that time, I have worked for both weekly newspapers and dailies. 

Throughout my career, I have covered fires, floods and unspeakable instances of tragedy. I have covered some of the most uplifting stories of community strength, spirit and progress. 

I have also gotten to know and speak with people from all walks of life, from those struggling on the street to survive their addictions, to those among the elite and powerful who help shape their community, province and country. Being in a newsroom is like dwelling at a perpetual crossroads with all those different people passing before you. Some are on a trajectory toward greater fame and worldly success, while others are moving through leaving the faintest wisps of local memory, and still others falling away from once bright and clear paths. 

Then there are the builders: Those who do their utmost to uplift their communities to leave them a better place for their children and grandchildren. I want to speak with these people most of all. For in a darkening world, it is those stories which are most needed right now.

If personal details are of interest, I am a married father with three teenage sons. I love to flyfish and will walk river and field in pursuit of the flash of fins in glistening waters. I have travelled widely, and spent many years as a student and errant labourer before coming to a journalism career later in life. I grew up on a farm and still love all news agriculture-related today. 

I believe the details matter, but the context matters even more when it comes to writing news stories. We must understand the why of the story as much as the how, the who, the what, the where, and the when.

I look forward to lending my voice, for a time, to tell your stories of city and county, and ask that you please look kindly on this scribe who now presents himself for the first time among you. 

We, the greater mass of humanity, are all on this wondrous journey together, but seldom do we meet face to face. However, every so often our paths do meet, and all the roads converge to form a greater party imbued with common purpose. In Medieval days, this was called a pilgrimage. In today’s parlance we may call it a caravan.  

As writer David Remnick states, “The world is a crazy, beautiful, ugly complicated place, and it keeps moving on from crisis to strangeness to beauty to weirdness to tragedy. The caravan keeps moving on.”

We are on this journey together. I'm excited to see where this caravan will take us.


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