After nearly 10 years in community journalism, David Abbott will be our Program Director effective July 1, 2015. As the new program director he hopes to leverage his work with the people in the west Sonoma County area to broaden the program offerings at the Senior Center.
David Abbott launched his journalistic career in 2005 as a staff writer for the Sonoma State University Star later becoming Chief Editor.
“I went into the news business, because I wanted to learn how to write,” Abbott said. “When I went back to college in 2001, I did what most middle-aged people who think they are writers do — take creative writing classes. What I learned in the creative writing class was that I did not know how to write. So, I started from the ground up with English classes,” he added.
“At the time, I fancied myself as a political commentator and made good grades in part because I'd participate in online class discussions, which really honed my technique,” Abbott said. “Then I decided if I was going to be a political commentator, I should learn something about journalism. When I took Anne Belden's news writing class, something clicked in my head.”
For the past eight years, Abbott served as the editor/staff writer for Sonoma West Times & News in Sebastopol. He managed a small staff of part-time writers responsible for public affairs reporting, feature writing and newspaper design.
“I love community journalism,” he said, “but there are very few opportunities in the field. When the program director’s position opened, I thought the Senior Center would be a good fit for me.”“There are more opportunities for growth in the nonprofit world, and hopefully I'll find time to write more involved stuff,” Abbott added. “I also love the West County and want to continue to serve it in some way and this will give me that opportunity.”
Abbott was born in Wichita, Kansas, and moved to Phoenix at the age of 16. Abbott said that he “didn't fit in at McDonald's (or high school) so I joined the Air Force at age 17. After four months in Maryland, I was sent to Davis Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson.”
He moved to Stockton in 1984 and then to Santa Rosa in 1998. Prior to Abbott’s work in community journalism, he worked in Sebastopol at the Bicycle Factory from 1999 to 2004 as the head mechanic/shop manager.
He also helped his wife coordinate several bicycle tours through the Sierra Club. The tours included a Civil War-themed trip from Manassas, Virginia, to Gettysburg, Pennsylvania; a local trip in Sonoma and Marin counties, and a trip to the San Juan Islands in Washington.
In 2001, Abbott returned to college full-time and graduated from Santa Rosa Junior College in 2004. He attended Sonoma State University from 2005 to 2008 getting his bachelor’s degree in sociology.
The Legacy Thrift and Gift Shop will be celebrating its 20 Year Anniversary with a Grand Re-Opening at its new retail space in the week of July 20th through July 25th.
The Legacy is completing its move to a larger space in the Southpoint Shopping Center, 789 Gravenstein Hwy South, Sebastopol CA 95472 — same center, different store front.
There will be free baked goodies, coffee, water, and juice. Register for free raffles, and Wisdom Counts Members will enjoy a 10 percent discount on all purchases.
On Friday, July 24, there will be 50 percent off all day on all purchases.