John Chilton, a charter member of the Café’ team of news bloggers, is giving up his weekly slot in the Café’s rotation to devote his considerable talents to teaching economics at Virginia Commonwealth University. He filed his last story as a daily blogger last night, and, typically, it focused on the intersection of morality and economics.
John has a probing, analytical intellect, a gift for spotting the weaknesses in an argument, and he is a hell of a proofreader. He brought a clarity of thinking, a freshness of perspective, a breadth of interests and subtle wit to his work on The Lead, and we are going to miss him.
I remember encountering John’s writing first about six years ago on his blog, New Virginia Church Man, and knowing immediately that he was someone I wanted to involve in the Café. He’s been involved in the day-to-day development of The Lead since before that blog officially existed, and is as responsible as anyone for the Café’s success.
We wish him success at VCU, and hope that they have the good sense to appreciate him as much as we do.