Condo Media - December 2020 - 9

Unable to resist the temptation
to turn the tables on the interviewer,
Condo Media asked Groskind some
questions about the people and circumstances that shaped her, and about
what lies ahead for her in retirement.
WHAT WAS YOUR EARLY LIFE
LIKE, AND HOW DID THAT
SHAPE YOUR INTEREST IN
JOURNALISM?
We moved around a lot when I was growing up because my dad worked for discount retail chains that transferred him
often. Before I went away to college - at
Washington University in St. Louis - we
had lived in eight different states. I think
all of those moves made it easier for me
to meet new people and to adjust relatively quickly to new situations. I worked
on the student newspaper throughout my
college years. I was somewhat reserved
by nature, but I found that carrying a
reporter's notebook was like donning a
costume, one that gave me license to ask
questions and insist on answers.
WHAT WAS YOUR CAREER
PATH AFTER COLLEGE?
I moved to Boston with my husband
so he could attend law school there.
This was during a recession and I had a
tough time finding a newspaper job, so I
accepted a position in the publications
office at Radcliffe College. That was my
day job for about two years; at night,
I worked as a stringer covering the city
of Chelsea for the Lynn Daily Evening
Item, reporting on meetings of the
Board of Aldermen, School Committee,
and other government agencies.
While searching for a newspaper job,
I wrote freelance articles for a number
of publications, including Banker &
Tradesman, which eventually hired me
as a full-time reporter. I worked at the
paper for nearly 18 years and ultimately
became its editor. Through my position
there, I got to know the editor of the
Globe's real estate section, who asked
me to write a weekly column, which I
did for more than a decade.

HOW DID YOU GET
TO CONDO MEDIA?
After a move to Austin,
I continued writing
the Globe column
for a while, did a
little freelancing for
local publications, and
started a business called
eContentplus, which
develops editorial content for companies.
One of my clients suggested that Claudette
contact me about writing for Condo Media.
I thought that would
be interesting and fun.
I had no idea that it
would be interesting
and fun for 18 years.
WHAT HAVE YOU
ENJOYED MOST
AND WHAT HAVE YOU
FOUND MOST CHALLENGING?
Writing for trade publications
like Condo Media and Banker &
Tradesman, I had the time and
space to explore the industries I
was covering and write about them
in depth and detail. The challenge
has come from collecting a lot of
information from a lot of different
sources and shaping it in ways that
made complicated issues understandable to readers.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS
FOR RETIREMENT?
I'm not going off into the sunset
entirely. I'll still be doing some
writing, just less of it. My life will be
ruled less by deadlines, with more
time for doing things I enjoy, like
reading and cooking some of the
recipes I've been storing on my computer for years. I may study French
again, and I'm going to explore volunteer opportunities. Travel is also
on my post-retirement 'to-do' list-
if we can ever get on a plane again.

" The more I wrote
about real estate
and finance, the
more I learned
about it, the more
interested I
became in it. "
-Nena Groskind

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