By: E&P Staff
Wendi C. Thomas left the Memphis Commercial-Appeal last month to join the The Sun in Balitmore as metro columnist — but is now returning home to Memphis.
“My heart is in Memphis,” Thomas said Monday, according to a memo to staffers later posted at the Romenesko site at www.poynter.org. “The Sun is a wonderful paper, and Baltimore is a great city, but it’s not home.”
Thomas spent two and a half years as the paper’s first black female metro columnist before accepting the job in Baltimore, the memo notes.
“We are thrilled that Wendi is returning home,” said Managing Editor Otis Sanford in the memo. “Her loyal followers and even the targets of her commentary will once again have the benefit of her insightful work.”
Her first column for The Sun was slated to run on Tuesday. Sun editor Tim Franklin said he was “surprised and disappointed” by Thomas? decision to resign, according to the Baltimore City Paper. “I got a call yesterday afternoon that she was contemplating it,” Franklin said.
“She seemed happy,” he added. “I know other members of the staff had made a point to greet her and tried to make her feel at home ? I don?t think any of us had any inkling of this.” Franklin said Thomas “made it clear that she was welcomed at The Sun and that she liked the paper, but she wanted to go home and this was entirely a personal decision for her.”