AFTER getting married just six weeks ago, Whitsunday Times journalist Aimee Vinci has changed careers and left the area to spend more time with her new husband.
Ms Vinci grew up in the Whitsundays. She went to Melbourne to complete her journalism studies. About two years ago, while still a student she completed work experience at the Whitsunday Times.
When she finished her degree, she returned home and was pleased to be able to secure a cadetship with the local newspaper.
Last year, her fiancé Dale Mitchell, who also grew up in the Whitsundays, secured a job working on boats out of Gladstone.
He has been travelling back to Airlie Beach between shifts while Ms Vinci has continued working at the Whitsunday Times.
Now that the couple are married, they decided it was time for a change. Ms Vinci will now work in Gladstone with her husband, allowing them more time together.
While it is a change of career, she said she would like to return to journalism one day.
"Thank you to everyone at the Whitsunday Times who made my first job out of university so enjoyable," she said."I also want to thank the community and those people whose photos I took and stories I told.
"I will always have fond memories of my time at the newspaper."
Managing Editor Leanne Abernethy wished Ms Vinci all the best in her new life and said she had been a valued employee at the Times. "Aimee has developed into a talented journalist and she was a pleasure to work with. Her contribution to the Whitsunday Times is greatly appreciated."