Georgia Swing Retires from News After 21 years

By KBJR News 1

September 21, 2013 Updated Sep 21, 2013 at 2:43 PM CDT


After 21 years of bringing Duluthians the news Georgia Swing is putting away her pen and reporter's notebook.

Georgia Swing began her career as a young journalist at the Duluth newspaper copy desk and began to build a life for herself.

"I was 22 years old, came here, got married to a copy editor and we're still married 35 years later."

But 12 years and several positions down the line, Swing decided to leave her career behind and follow her long time dream of becoming a teacher.

"I had always wanted to be a teacher. My parents were both teachers."

She taught English and journalism for 13 years at Marshall School in Duluth but soon was drawn back to her newspaper roots.

"I love journalists I think they're fun people to be with. I think I was just born to be a journalist."

Swing was relieved to once again be around like minded people.
People that not only became her co–workers but her friends.

"I love the people I work with, they're very important to me. So I'm going to miss them."

"I think she will always have a connection to the community...Some people will be in stories and she'll say you know that's a former student of mine at Marshall," says Robin Washington, Editor at the Duluth News Tribune.

Washington attests to Swings hard work and says she rarely even takes a break for lunch.

"I don't think she's going to stop working, she's calling this a retirement. I don't wear a watch but ill set my iPhone watch and call you and tell you how long it takes before her byline appears somewhere."

But her co–workers aren't the only things Swing will miss.

"When I hear about a big news event. I will miss the feeling of being on the inside. Helping to report it. Trying to find people to talk to about it."

"She says the news world is tough to work in, but advises aspiring journalists to not be deterred."

"People will always need to know what's happening in the world. What their leaders are doing what their neighbors are doing.
They'll want to know that."

Swing plays the organ at her church, for musicals and at several dinner theatre events.
But journalism will always be her first love.

If people think that journalism is going to go away. They're mistaken.

Swing plans to begin part time work after she moves to Arizona next week.