THE Examiner farewelled Alison Andrews yesterday, one of the newspaper's longest-serving and most respected journalists.
Alison (Carins) was one of IFThe Examiner's first female cadets in 1970 under the editorship of Goodie Ewence.
Once graded, Alison moved to ifThe Sun in Melbourne before returning to ifThe Examiner as arts reporter in 1975.
She left in 1982 to have her three daughters and for 14 years ran her own media and marketing company, one of the pioneers in this field in Tasmania. Her clients included the University of Tasmania, Port of Launceston Authority, Launceston City Council and The Design Centre.
Alison returned to The Examiner in a part-time role as rural reporter in 1996 but this quickly became full time and turned to hard news. She has covered all major rounds and for the past eight years has been chief reporter.
She was also chief of staff during the particularly demanding Port Arthur massacre.
During the 2000s, under editor Rod Scott, she produced an extremely popular weekly column called Ali's People, which was later compiled into a book.
Alison has been with The Examiner for nearly 30 years in her three stints and her dedication and professionalism are legendary.
She is equally comfortable interviewing the prime minister, local pastor, roustabout or student - they all have a story and Alison is a master storyteller and passionate advocate for Northern Tasmania.
The Examiner thanks Alison for her outstanding contribution and we wish her well in her new role as media advisor for Lyons Liberal MHR Eric Hutchinson.