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Change of plan

Bridget Manley follows unforeseen calling

Craig Daily Press Staff Report

— If college taught Bridget Manley anything, she said it taught her this: education is not destiny.

In 2003, Manley enrolled at Colorado Christian University, set on becoming a high school English teacher. Four years and one Bachelor’s of Arts degree later, she’s continuing to pursue a career in journalism, joining the Craig Daily Press staff as the education and features reporter.

For her, life proved to be more unpredictable – and exciting – than she first imagined, she said.

“If you would have told me four years ago that I’d be reporter, I would have laughed,” Manley said. “I never saw this for myself.”

Daily Press editor Jerry Raehal said he was pleased she chose this path.

“We are very excited to have Bridget join the Daily Press staff,” he said. “She may have not planned on being a journalist in college, but we believe she has the talent and work ethic to be a fine journalist today and into the future.”

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Manley first started her journalistic path her sophomore year, as a staff writer on her college newsmagazine.

“Journalism started out as a hobby for me,” she said. “I didn’t expect it to become a career.”

But when she was suddenly asked to become assistant editor of the newsmagazine, a casual hobby became a full-time passion. By the time graduation came around, she decided to follow news writing as a full-time career.

Manley embarked on her career at the Moffat County Morning News where she wrote mostly features and news stories. She later continued in her chosen profession by signing on as a reporter for the Craig Daily Press.

Manley looks forward to the challenges of a daily newspaper. She thanks her former colleagues at the Morning News, especially her former editor Jim Strine, for encouraging her to continue her career in reporting.

For Manley, life after graduation proved unpredictable. Still, she says chance to gain a practical education was worth the change of plan.

“Your degree is not your destiny,” Manley said. “Follow the work that you love.”

To contact Bridget Manley call 824-7031, ext. 207.