Lois Henry, The Bakersfield Californian's longtime columnist, is leaving the newspaper.
Her final column will be Aug. 27.
Henry started at The Californian as a correspondent in 1990 covering eastern Kern County, including Edwards Air Force Base and Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake.
She came on board full-time in 1992 and reported on topics ranging from social services to City Hall.
It was during that time that Henry broke what became a national story known as "junkies on the dole" where addicts and alcoholics received supplemental security income benefits directly.
Because it often took so long to be approved, many people received thousands of dollars in lump-sum payments. Henry chronicled how those payments often led to fatal overdoses.
Former Congressman Bill Thomas, R-Bakersfield, took note of the stories and used them to change the rules. Now, addicts and alcoholics must have a responsible payee who receives the money and pays the recipient's rent and other basics.
In 1993, she took over The Californian's state bureau, reporting on the Legislature in Sacramento.
She returned and took over the oil beat, which she kept until being promoted to city editor in 1997, then assistant managing editor.
After 10 years of management, Henry asked to be allowed to start a twice-weekly column.
Her columns have covered a wide array of topics, which have delighted and irked readers in equal measure.
Columns on her most revisited topic — water — have given readers up and down the state an inside look at how this precious resource is moved, traded and used on a regular basis.
When asked to sum up her long career, Henry was succinct: "It's been fun."
She will move on to a new career as the advocacy director for BizFed Central Valley, a non-profit group dedicated to helping local businesses become more civically involved.