The Cobram Courier regrets to report that Grahame Whyte has suffered a stroke and will not be returning to the paper.
But at the same time is pleased to say he is recovering well.
Mr Whyte had rejoined the Courier in July after a 10-year hiatus during which he had worked in Melbourne and Vietnam.
He was released from Ballarat Hospital last week and while his prognosis for a full recovery is excellent he will be in rehab with his fine motor skills for at least two months.
‘‘It is unfortunate, as I was enjoying being back in the country, and in Cobram,’’ Mr Whyte said.
‘‘And I had really appreciated the warm welcomes I have received in my short time back at the Courier and thank people for their support,’’ he said.
‘‘I have had some amazing adventures in recent years, especially with my work overseas, and am sorry my time has been cut so short at the paper.
‘‘But I guess my next adventure will be getting myself back into shape, although my doctors have been pretty impressed with progress to date, so that’s a good sign and a good start.’’
McPherson Media Group editor (non-dailies) Andrew Mole said it was disappointing to lose Mr Whyte.
‘‘I had actually taken over a magazine from Grahame after he had left for Vietnam (the Grapegrower & Winemaker in South Australia) and we had shared a laugh at catching up again a few years later in another state and another part of the industry,’’ Mr Mole said.
‘‘Everyone at MMG wishes Grahame well with his ongoing recovery and the next stage of his career, which we have no doubt will be a success,’’ he said.
The paper will be advertising for a replacement for Mr Whyte and until that appointment is made journalists from within the group will be writing for the Courier.
‘‘We appreciate the patience and support of our readers while we work to cover this unexpected vacancy,’’ Mr Mole said.
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