February 23, 2010
"So loans in hand, I quit my job in August 2008 and headed West. It was still a few months before it would begin to feel like someone had pulled the plug on the economy and before the NBER confirmed that, yes, the economy was in a recession. By the time it was clear how bad things were, I was knee-deep in school. Dropping out would have meant perhaps never completing my journalism education. Staying in the graduate program and hoping for a turnaround seemed to make the most sense. Plus, I didn't know 142 newspapers would close in 2009 or that unemployment would top 10%"