After a two-year stay at the Washington Post, Sam Diaz resigned yesterday, to return home to the Bay Area.
He starts in November at public relations company Sutherland Gold Group, where, in his own words, he “will be helping tech startups in Silicon Valley develop content strategies such as blogs, podcasts, v-logs, content widgets and other fun, cutting-edge stuff.”
He joined the Post in August 2005 as assistant technology editor and was most recently cross-training as a technology reporter.
“One of the toughest things about the whole process has been the idea of leaving journalism, the only career path I’ve ever known. But I’m excited about the new opportunity and the challenges of bringing my journalism skills to a new industry. ”
Sam also sits on the board of directors of NAHJ as financial officer.
For the past three and a half years I have saved a seat by my side for Sam Diaz whenever we convene an NAHJ board meeting. Sam, no one will take your seat by me, ever. It will always belong to my Sammy, the little brother I always wanted.
I am happy for the Diaz clan, I am sad that this industry loses a man of Sam’s caliber. He will be sorely missed.