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Welch decides to ‘return to my hometown and be with family’

Matt Welch, who’d covered West Virginia, Duquesne, Robert Morris and the Riverhounds for us since March 2016, has decided to take a break from journalism, including our site.

He tweeted the following Thursday night:

We part on the best possible terms. Matt’s a talented reporter, writer and even he even dabbles in photography, and our only focus was on keeping him for the long haul. Trust me when I tell you — and Matt can confirm — a significant effort was made to do exactly that very recently. But when it comes to home and family, all else comes second. I respect that.

Our door is open to Matt, as I’ve told him, and we’d love to see his work appear again here someday.

As for us, we have a position to fill, and we’ll fill it. Matt’s greatest strength for us were his long-form pieces, so we’ll be looking in that direction first and foremost. Duquesne, Robert Morris and the Hounds will be covered, of course, with the greatest urgency on the latter because they’re in-season. Heck, I might do a few of those myself since I’m at all the matches, anyway, right outside our office.

Thanks one final time here to Matt for his outstanding work with us, as well as for leading us to Matt Sunday, our staff photographer.

As always, I’ll be in comments to answer questions. And maybe Matt will show, too, since he’s still a subscriber!

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Creighton Rabs
Creighton Rabs

You’ll be missed, that’s for sure. Whomever fills Matt’s spot is going to have some big shoes to fill.

Korea Steeler
Korea Steeler

Matt, thanks for all your great work. You will be missed, but I have a feeling you’re still be writing something, somewhere. I look forward to reading it.

Yinzer_in_GA
Yinzer_in_GA

Once WVU coverage was inexplicably pulled Matt was never going to stick around. One certainly cannot blame him. Covering Duquesne, RMU and the Riverhounds has to be the worst thing ever so I think we can all understand. Hopefully he turns back up and covers WVU again because I enjoyed his reporting on a subject he, or anyone else, actually cares about.

HistoricMike
HistoricMike

They “inexplicably” pulled coverage that no one was reading for a school that isn’t in Pittsburgh, go figure.

Yinzer_in_GA
Yinzer_in_GA

Yes. Inexplicable. It’s only a school that’s in the Pittsburgh media market that is consistently more successful in football and basketball in recent memory than all of the others combined.

Oh yeah, I guess Penn St is now in Pittsburgh?

Go figure.

jbwls
jbwls

DK, just what kind of qualifications do you look for when hiring for open positions? My son is a journalism major at WKU, a rabid Streler and Pirate fan, a basketball junkie and a fan of sports in general. I guess I’m asking is how does he get started in the business?

Jay Baileys
Jay Baileys

Always enjoyed your submissions Matt. Go recharge those batteries and hope to see you back soon. If not best wishes to you and your family!

wjfuoco
wjfuoco

Really enjoyed your work Matt, you’ll be missed. Best wishes to ya.

emfalcon
emfalcon

Matt good luck in your endeavors, did not read you much but when I did it was enjoyed.

alantig
alantig

I have to plead guilty to not reading much beyond RMU hockey stuff. Best of luck with everything, Matt.

And thanks to DKPS for acknowledging these changes. I always hated when a byline or face disappeared with no confirmation of the situation. I think it gets lost sometimes how attached some of us get to a particular person’s coverage.

Hanson Brother
Hanson Brother

Great

Hanson Brother
Hanson Brother

God bless you and thanks for the great coverage.

Ktmsmitty
Ktmsmitty

All the best to you Matt!,

Years of Control
Years of Control

I’ll miss his Duquesne hoops coverage. All the best to him.

Sheiker
Sheiker

Thanks Matt for all the great coverage and for introducing all of us to soil science competitions. Who knew???

emfalcon
emfalcon

I was going to make a comment on it but you said it first!

Matt Gajtka

That was one of my favorites, no joke

kessel--run
kessel--run

Agreed, and I rarely read the college articles outside of the occasional RMU hockey piece.

Sheiker
Sheiker

One of mine also

PeeBee3
PeeBee3

Right on Matt! Good stuff from a Good dude!
Let’s hope family is this important to all, and not just the darn good journalists.

Steel Miner
Steel Miner

Good Luck Matt! I enjoyed all of your work for the site especially your WVU coverage. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Black_Sunshine
Black_Sunshine

Best of luck Matt. I really enjoyed your RMU stuff.

Matt Gajtka

Montani semper liberi

Yellow.Ledbetter
Yellow.Ledbetter

Best of luck, Matt. After DK and Josh, I thought Matt was one of the better writers on staff and had serious potential.

Karen
Karen

Best of luck Matt. I wish you well in whatever you do and enjoy your family.

Sean
Sean

While not a WVU fan (though I enjoyed the Pittsnogle era), it would be great if Matt is able to write an occasional feature story about WVU for this site. I enjoyed his work.

He Shoots He Scores
He Shoots He Scores

Loved your WVU coverage, really miss it.

Cecelio Guante
Cecelio Guante

Mountaineer fans will certainly miss Matt’s contributions here. Even though WVU is no longer on the DK beat, we’ve been drawn in by Matt’s talents and have followed him wherever his assignments have led him. Godspeed, young man. Best of luck in your future endeavors.

Austinhat159
Austinhat159

Best of luck Matt, I respect the hell out what you did, cheers.

Criollo
Criollo

Sad day…I enjoyed your work

pierre.wheaton
pierre.wheaton

Sad to see Matt go. But he has to do what he feels is right for him. He was one of the best all-rounders on the site. Covered multiple beats, quality writer. Especially on the Robert Morris and the Hounds beat, which is a major reason I subscribe. He will be missed. As the WWE often puts it: “Good Luck in your future endeavors.”

Patrick
Patrick

Not closely following any of the teams you covered, I feel like I was just getting to know you(as evidenced by your text/photo piece on being at a Pirate game where the photos were strong enough to confuse me with Matt’s). The Pirate story was one of the best pieces I have read on site this year. Best of luck!

morgantownutopia
morgantownutopia

Thanks, Matt. Go well.

Next Man UP
Next Man UP

I will miss your Duquesne stories, best wishes to you and your family.

Matt Welch

I appreciate all the kind words from DK and the subscribers here, on Twitter and personal texts. My time here meant the world to me and I’m very humbled to step away on great terms and to have left a lasting impression on readers.

HOF Coach
HOF Coach

Godspeed, Matt! You will be missed.

keraff
keraff

Good Luck to Matt. I enjoyed your coverage of the Riverhounds. You did excellent articles on Trey Mitchell and Taylor Washington.

Mark Beall
Mark Beall

Matt was alsolutely a “can’t miss” read. Extremely sorry to see him go, but glad to know he’s doing right for himself and his family.

PghFan66
PghFan66

Best wishes for Matt. I really appreciate his efforts in bringing Duquesne basketball news to this site. Hopefully, that will continue with the new lineup.

Rooney76
Rooney76

Really enjoyed your stuff Matt. Best wishes to you and hope to see you back with DK someday.

Marc
Marc

As much as I’ll miss his work, it’s nice to see someone with their priorities in the right place

bucconation
bucconation

Thanks, Matt, and all the best to you in your future endeavors!

Lamarvalleypack
Lamarvalleypack

best wishes!

jeffrey
jeffrey

Best of luck, Matt. We will definitely miss you in this family, but I certainly respect your priorities. Thank you for giving us your wisdom and reporting skills.

StargellStar
StargellStar

All three Matt’s have been great for the site! Thank you Matt Welch for your outstanding contributions to this great site! Your work will be missed.

Josh
Josh

Best wishes to Matt!!! Thank you.

jordanwhite1025
jordanwhite1025

Matt impressed me as a younger journalist. I wish him well. Gotta follow your heart.

MAC
MAC

Whhhaaaaaaattttt?!?! Man, this is terrible news. Matt was my only “do not miss” reads other than DK (no offense other writers). Thought he was destined for top billing here. Hope he returns.

pieratz
pieratz

I loved your coverage of WVU, Matt. I hope you can continue it somewhere. Covering Pitt, RMU, and Duquesne can’t be much fun in comparison. Anyway, I wish you and your family the best and hope to read your writing again soon.

emoneypitt
emoneypitt

Wow. That’s a surprise.

Well, best wishes to you Matt and good luck in your future endeavors.

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