Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist Connie Schultz anounced that she was stepping down from her job this morning. Schultz, who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize Award in 2005, is married to U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown. She stated:
What a ride.
In recent weeks, it has become painfully clear that my independence, professionally and personally, is possible only if I'm no longer writing for the newspaper that covers my husband's senate race on a daily basis. It's time for me to move on.
Editor Debra Adams Simmons has been incredibly supportive, and an inspiration to me. I am especially grateful for her unconditional commitment to the recent Agent Orange project, "Unfinished Business." Ellen Stein Burbach, my direct editor, has been my champion for more than a decade. Their faith in me was emboldening. Their guidance made me better. They will no longer be my editors, but they remain cherished friends.
Ms. Schultz had worked for The Plain Dealer for 18 years. Senator Brown's seat is up for election in the 2012 campaign.