Mike Cassidy, a metro columnist for the San Jose Mercury News, is becoming the paper’s business columnist, replacing Vindu Goel, who left for the New York Times.
Cassidy wrote, “Change is always exciting and sometimes painful. Earlier this month, 20 talented journalists left the paper by choice or by layoff. I miss them and you might, too.
“But those of us who believe in newspapers think of them as a public trust. We are here to tell you the stories you need to know or want to know. That never stops.
“And so, I’m on to the next thing. Aren’t I daring — going from writing a column for the local section to writing a column for the Business section? I hope you’ll be daring and follow me there.”
Read more here. From 1996 to 2005, Cassidy wrote the Silicon Valley Dispatches column that appeared twice a week in the paper. Before that, he was a general assignment reporter for eight years at the paper. He came to San Jose from the Tallahassee Democrat, where he worked from 1983 to 1986.
Cassidy was part of the Mercury News team that was a Loeb finalist in 2006 for its coverage of Hewlett-Packard. The team also won a SABEW Best in Business Award.