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Peters resigns as Annapolis Capital’s prep sports editor

New York native's last day is Nov. 30; paper seeking replacement
By T.C. Cameron

Mike Peters, the prep sports editor at the Annapolis Capital, will be leaving the paper at the end of the fall sports season.

He announced the decision to his staff in an email July 26 after delivering a letter of resignation to Publisher Pat Richardson, Editor Steve Gunn and Sports Editor Gerry Jackson. His last day is Nov. 30.

“I came in late and didn't think it was fair to the staff to begin to take orders, so to speak, from someone who hadn't been through the first six months,” Peters said. “I didn't want to start a school year and duck out on our guys, but the paper was concerned they wouldn’t have enough time to execute a search.”

Gunn said he was sorry to lose Peters.

“Mike has been at the heart of our prep sports coverage for several years,” Gunn said in an email to ExPress News. “For many of our readers, he's the VIP, must-read reporter at our paper. We're really going to miss him and his great work.”

Peters is not leaving the Capital for another job but instead plans to move back to his native New York. Peters grew up in Endicott, N.Y., graduated from Pennsylvania’s Mansfield University and is considering a postgraduate degree.

“I want to go back to school. I have a side business with Amazon sales and I’m fashioning it to be a full-time endeavor,” Peters said. “I’ll certainly freelance for a little while, and I still have ties with my former paper in New York, so I’m sure I won’t stop writing.”

Peters worked the Baltimore Examiner before coming to the Capital. Prior to moving to Maryland, Peters worked for the Loch Haven (Pa.) Express and the Press & Sun-Bulletin in Binghamton, N.Y.

“Mike brought a great deal of organization and passion to the position,” said sports editor Gerry Jackson. “He led the paper’s coverage during a tough downsizing. Not only was he an outstanding writer, he managed to keep coverage of our local schools at a very high level.”

Peters took over the prep desk in Annapolis on Feb. 4, 2008. In the spring of 2009, the paper eliminated the only other full-time prep staff position. Since then, Peters has managed a staff of 10 to 12 stringers.

The Capital covers 12 Anne Arundel County high schools and six private schools on a regular basis.

“I think we've taken this section and built it into something great, and I hope our guys stay on and keep improving it,” Peters said.

Candidates interested in applying for the position can email Gerry Jackson at gjackson@capgaznews.com.

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