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DorobekINSIDER: The next chapter

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Change is never easy. So it is with some trepidation that I decided to leave Federal News Radio 1500 AM.

Not to worry. I’m not going anywhere. I’m still going to in this market — and I do have plans. I’m not really going anywhere. I’ve been covering the issues facing government agencies for a very long time — and I plan on continuing doing this for a very long time.

There are a couple of reasons for the change. First off, in case you don’t know, I am going to be a father very soon and I want time to spend time with my new baby boy. For me, this is a once in a life opportunity and I am blessed to have the opportunity to spend some time with my son.

Beyond that, I also am looking for new opportunities to grow… to innovate… to create — and producing a radio show each day leaves little time for anything else.

I do have plans. Not all of them are fully locked down, so I hope you’ll give me some time to do that. I will share them as soon as I can.

I can say that the DorobekINSIDER will continue at (If you found the DorobekINSIDER through Federal News Radio’s Web site, that will change in the weeks ahead.)

I’m hoping to create a platform that uses all kinds of platforms. But, as always, my mission can be found in eight words: Help the government accomplish its mission more effectively. That won’t change.

I’ll continue to be around… in fact, I hope to be around MORE…

As we say in radio, stay tuned!

A huge thanks to the people at Federal News Radio, who took a print guy and taught him radio. In particular, Francis Rose, Amy Morris, Julia Ziegler and WTOP’s Judy Taub, all of whom have been real mentors in the art of sound. UPDATED: Trying to write quickly, I forgot two essential people to thank. First, Lisa Wolfe, the program director for Federal News Radio. She gave me this great opportunity — and I simply cannot thank her enough for that. With key hires of experienced people who have covered the federal government, Federal News Radio has become a player — and quickly.

Finally, at Federal News Radio, I somehow forgot to thank Mike Causey. Causey is, quite simply, a legend. He has been a mentor to so many journalists — and he shows us how it is done each and every day. I have worked with him twice now… and it is nothing short of an honor.

It has also been an honor to be associated with WTOPJim Farley, WTOP’s vice president of news and content, had the idea for a Web radio station that would cover feds. A decade ago and the site has evolved into Federal News Radio. Farley is so passionate about making WTOP the information resource for Washington, it is simply infectious. He is, quite simply, the best.
I also have to thank John Meyer, director of Digital Media for WTOP and Federal News Radio. He has been with Federal News Radio from the start — and always saw a future.
Thanks to all for their help.
And to all of YOU — for listening… for reading… for helping… for doing what you do… Thanks so much.
Please stay in touch…
You can always find me at… My contact information can be found here. In addition:
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Written by cdorobek

March 23, 2011 at 9:57 AM

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  1. Congrats Chris! Cheers on your next move, whatever it may be, and you will be a great Dad! My kids are definitely my two biggest achievements :)

    David Knisely

    March 23, 2011 at 11:09 AM

  2. Chris – Congrats on your little one, your life will never be the same and best of luck on the new endeavor.

    Scott Simko

    March 23, 2011 at 4:11 PM

  3. You will do great.

    Linda Cureton

    March 23, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    • We’ve exchanged emails over several years though we don’t know one another personally. I read your transitioning letter and just wanted to thank you for your service and dedication and for always giving consideration to news from the Smart Card Alliance. We respect your work very much and know there’s a great future for you in whatever endeavor you pursue. Congrats on being a father!

      Deb Montner

      March 30, 2011 at 10:24 AM

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  6. Hi, Chris —

    Just stumbled across your news. Congratulations on the little one! May he bring you much joy and pride, and good luck with whatever you do next.

    Pat Daukantas (the GCN alum)


    April 6, 2011 at 4:22 PM

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