A fond farewell from Matt Kroschel

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For three years I’ve been lucky to call Alabama home.

But three years to the day this adventure ends. Another begins, back in my home state of Colorado with the CBS TV station in Denver.

Before I pull out of Huntsville, I wanted to put to paper why leaving is so bittersweet, something I didn’t expect when I first found out I would make this state my new home.

I have found nothing but genuine hospitality from the fine people who call this part of the country home. I am blessed with a job where I get to meet some of the best of those people, from the top floor of the mayor’s office, to the hundreds of living rooms where you have invited me to tell your stories.

TV news sometimes gets a bad rap — we do cover unpleasant, tragic and infuriating stories at times. But the reason coming to the newsroom has been worth it for me is because of the other countless stories you have shared. The stories of communities pitching in to help. The stories of Alabamians overcoming challenges and finding strength in one another. These are the stories I am humbled you have given me the chance to share.

So thank you for accepting a cocky kid from the Rocky Mountains and allowing me into your lives. My time here has been relatively short, but time I will not forget. I have grown. I have learned. I have matured. Those of you who I never had the pleasure to meet in person, thank you for tuning in to watch. And to those of you who I had the pleasure to cross paths with, you also will not be forgotten.

I hope we can continue our friendships.

Stay in touch on Twitter: @Matt_Kroschel or my Facebook page: @ReporterMattKroschel

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