The East Valley Tribune is introducing a new feature for readers that we hope becomes a regular stop — much like your favorite corner market or neighborhood coffee shop.
The new column will appear every Friday in the Tribune and will simply be called “E.V. Life.” And much like you hear at those corner markets and coffee shops, the columns will often be filled with stories about everyday people. People in the community who are doing something unusual or extraordinary. People working on that one-of-a-kind project. Or sometimes about people like the woman who has had a longtime presence slicing cold cuts behind the deli counter of the local grocery store, or the guy who for decades has tossed dough at a pizzeria, or operated the projector at a movie theater.
Everyone has a unique story to tell, and we want to share some of them with our readers.
Other writers will also contribute to E.V. Life from time to time, but most of the time it will be yours truly.
It’s a little bit of a change for me. For the last six years I have mostly covered the public safety beat — police news, breaking news, crime and how incidents shake out in the courts, often putting a face on crime and other traumatic events in peoples’ lives throughout the East Valley.
But I’ve also written many human interest pieces — from the 90-year-old Holocaust survivor beginning a new career as a stand-up comedian, to the crew at KDKB (93.3 FM) celebrating the classic rock station’s 40th anniversary, to my experience working as a vendor at a Chicago Cubs spring training game earlier this year, lugging around an 80-pound cooler full of beer and ice.
Those are the stories you’ll read about in E.V. Life. We think there are a lot of great stories out there to tell, and they’re about you and how you live your life in the East Valley.
And since I can’t find you from the view at my desk, I’m giving you fair warning — I just might join you at a coffee shop, a diner, briefly interrupt your workout at the gym or even ask questions as you’re volunteering for a group you reunite with after returning to Arizona as a snowbird.
I’m looking forward to meeting you and writing your story.
• Mike Sakal’s column runs on Fridays. Contact him at (480) 898-6533 or firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Mike Sakal, East Valley Tribune, 1620 W. Fountainhead Pkwy., Suite 219, Tempe, AZ 85282