Robert Hernandez is leaving his job as Director of Development for the seattletimes.com to become a USC professor.
“Yes, we’re moving back to California and back to L.A. where I am originally from,” Robert tells me. “The opportunity at USC is, quite frankly, incredible.”
Robert will be an Assistant Professor at the USC Annenberg School of Journalism, where he will be “researching and developing the use of new media in the newsroom as well as in the classroom.”
Robert has been at The Seattle Times/seattletimes.com for more than 6 years. He says leaving was a hard decision to make. “This place is so wonderful and I am very sad to be going. One of my prized possessions is a Seattle Times newspaper rack in my living room. Yes, I am a news geek with a loving, supporting, tolerant wife.”
Why leave then? “One of the factors that made me jump at this opportunity were the words I heard from USC Annenberg’s Dean Wilson: ‘If not Annenberg, then who? If not now, then when.'”
Robert’s last day at The Times is Friday, June 19. His first official day at USC is August 3rd.