Celebrate Traditions, Look to the Future

Old traditions ring true for the holidays. For my family, egg nog being passed around means that gifts are not far behind. It's an exciting time for all ages to come together to mark the culmination of a year's worth of memories that add gratification beyond the daily routine.

Just as your family is blessed with new additions that were not around the year before, we have been graced to add some new faces to what we hope will build your interest and ties not only to the magazine, but to this great city and region we call home.

Cincy is pleased to have experienced business journalist Mike Boyer join our staff as Business Editor. This is the first time we have carved out this position, recognizing reader feedback and your interest in more local business coverage.

Boyer, who has a journalism degree from Ohio University and a master's from Ohio State, has been a business reporter since he first grabbed a notebook. He spent 28 years on the business staff of The Enquirer before leaving in April. Manufacturing, utilities, commercial real estate and small business were among his beats. His work covered a range of topics from the closing of General Motors in Norwood to the explosion of development in West Chester/Liberty Township.

You can expect to see him out in the community, reporting on the business of the Tristate. But you don't have to wait. He can be reached at (513) 297-6201 or mboyer@cincymagazine.com.

The changes don't end there. Cincy's fresh look is the work of new Art Director Guy Kelly; Bill Thompson joins us as Arts and Culture Editor, bringing copy editing and writing experience from the Enquirer's sports, features and news desks; and former freelancer Keith Ohmer brings his design talents to the role of Production Coordinator.

Amid the changes, we've had a great deal of fun working on this issue. Holidays are one of our favorite times and our area is bursting with fabulous events that help define who we are.

Contributing Editor Peter Bronson brings us the exclusive story of the "Redemption of 'Law Dog' Ken Lawson." It's a personal triumph and a story important to everyone who lived through the tumultuous 2001 riots in Cincinnati. Kelly set up a photo of Lawson in his new home of Hawaii, then walked to the West End to photograph a mural that pays tribute to Lawson.

In addition, we profile 2012's ATHENA Award finalists and six of the Tristate's Charitable All-Stars, all of whom made us grateful for those who constantly go above and beyond to help others.

Read on, and as always, let me know what you think.