Roll Call’s longtime photo editor Douglas Graham has had enough of This Town. So after 30 years in the business -17 at CQ Roll Call – he’s heading for the exits. And he doesn’t mince words about why.
“I’m just tired of it.” Graham told FishbowlDC. “It’s like Groundhog Day. Covering Congress is such a laser-focus part of journalism, instead of working for a regular daily where you get to cover lots of different things. And I’m just sick of Congress’ inability to do anything interesting anymore.”
The commute probably had something to do with it too. Graham lives in the Blue Ridge mountains of West Virginia, between Leesburg and Winchester. Downtown DC is a two-hour MARC train away. And as he puts it, “I like where I work, but I really like where I live.”
He had nothing but kind words for his colleagues at Roll Call though.
“Tom Williams and Bill Clark are absolute masters,” he says, referring to his staff photographers. “And being their boss, I got to take credit for all their work. You couldn’t ask for a better team. And (former RC photog) Chris Maddaloni, I can’t forget him. I loved my job, loved working in DC, loved working at CQ Roll Call.”
Doug’s last day of work is January 31st. Then he’ll be freelancing in DC through February before returning to West Virginia to work on a new venture with his wife.
His final thoughts on leaving DC?
“I’m sad to leave, but not that sad.”