Frank Bucholtz, longtime Langley Times editor, may have retired at the end of June, but he shows no sign of hanging up his sense of journalistic curiosity.
Bucholtz’s career in BC community news spanned 37 years, the last 17 of which were spent making his mark on stories as editor of the Times.
“I wish to thank the people in Langley who make putting out a community newspaper and news website so fascinating,” Bucholtz wrote in a farewell piece in early July. “Langley has a very large core of people who are deeply committed to making this community better.”
Bucholtz is known for covering stories with integrity, humility and a dedication to in-depth research.
“He was the expert on the Fraser Valley, constantly astonishing me with his knowledge about not only Langley, but Surrey, Abbotsford, Mission, and many other communities,” Charlie Smith wrote in a Georgia Straight column on July 3. “Bucholtz always did his homework, which accounts for his long tenure in the media.”
Bucholtz has continues to cover stories through his “Frankly Speaking” blog. Only two days after retiring, he was back at the keyboard writing a thoughtful commentary on the results of the Metro Vancouver Transportation and Transit Plebiscite.
“There is simply no justification for governments to spend about $6 million of taxpayers’ money trying to get the result they wanted. It is unprecedented – and it is wrong. Voters instinctively know that,” Bucholtz wrote.
Since then, he has written pieces about the new multi-use pathway over the Port Mann Bridge, the impact of the transit plebiscite rejection on bus drivers, travelling to Vancouver Island by bike, Translink executive layoffs and Donald Trump’s decision to run for president.
Frank Bucholtz may be retired but he will always be a journalist and a certified news junkie.