Saying goodbye to a very good reporter

Tena Haraldson spent 35 years with The Associated Press. When she retired in 2012, she was chief of bureau for South Dakota, North Dakota and Nebraska. She joined the University of South Dakota, where she became director of communications.

Tena retired from USD on June 21. Her successor is Michelle Cwach.

Michelle will pull double duty on a temporary basis while the university conducts its search for a new media-relations manager. Michael Ewald has stepped aside from that position to pursue a law degree at USD.

What I learned from Tena (a 1976 science-journalism graduate of South Dakota State University, by the way) included this: When you think the interview is over, go back over the highlights of it with the person you’ve been interviewing. So simple but so important.

The media advisory said in bold, “NOT FOR PUBLICATION.” So keep it quiet that you saw this.