It’s a sad week as Quad-City Times Executive Editor Autumn Phillips leaves for her new managing editor position with The Post and Courier in Charleston, South Carolina. In her short time as a leader and resident, she’s engaged life in the Quad-Cities in a profound way. Phillips’ work leaves a major imprint during a short, significant tenure.

As one who has been reading this newspaper for the five decades of my life, and reading via e-Edition now while living away for more than 20 years, Autumn’s column was one of the best highlights of the paper in recent years. From her walks through the downtown, exploration of Credit Island, taking us back to an Iowa community of her childhood, reflections about her new home, life with her chickens, and an excellent column on poverty, she embodied life in Iowa, Davenport, the country, and indeed, the Quad-Cities. Among her major innovative contributions, The Big Story was a great development.

Autumn Phillips was a fantastic Quad-Citian, leader, and editor who symbolized the spirit of the place and served the community with excellence. The Quad-Cities’ loss is Charleston’s gain. We can be grateful to her as she lived in and served this community with distinction.

Neil Harrison

Addison, Illinois

Editor's note: Harrison is a former Davenport alderman and Iowa representative.