This is a bittersweet moment: Business reporter Bill Roberts is changing assignments. This is the last edition of Business Insider with his name in the staff box.
Roberts has been a Statesman reporter for a quarter century. He was covering education when the financial crisis struck in 2008. As banks started failing across the land, we needed a reporter who could get up to speed quickly. Roberts rose to the challenge. When the First Bank of Idaho in Ketchum collapsed in 2009, he was ready. He's kept watch on other struggling Idaho banks, too.
He has written more on Micron Technology, and with more authority, than any other reporter in Idaho. He has plunged into a wide range of general business story assignments with his trademark enthusiasm.
And he has covered the heck out of the Idaho economy. This week's cover story might be the last economic story Roberts writes for BI. It's a fascinating look at an emerging problem none of us saw coming: a labor shortage. It's the kind of cutting-edge story Roberts likes.
Now, though, Roberts is returning to his first love: education. You'll still see his byline in the Statesman regularly and in BI occasionally. He still has one BI cover story to write in the next few months about a well-known Idaho business. But he'll be writing mostly about public schools and higher education, including workforce development. And he'll still be having fun, breaking news and telling stories.
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