PittGirl is leaving, but she penned one last love letter to Pittsburgh.
“I’ll be much quieter for some time. Here’s my final column for Pittsburgh Magazine. I mean every word,” wrote Virginia Montanez on various social media platforms Wednesday. She sealed it with a red heart emoticon.
“Pittsburgh reached out for me,” Ms. Montanez wrote in her final magazine column. “It has got me. It will never not have me, no matter what comes next.
“Thank you for reading, and thank you for loving Pittsburgh as much as I do. I’ll see yinz around the neighborhood.”
A Pittsburgh native, Ms. Montanez wrote a column for the magazine and its website for seven years. She informed Pittsburgh Magazine editor Cindi Lash several months ago that she needed a break.
“She said she felt like she really needed to recharge her batteries,” Ms. Lash said. “Ginny is a person of great scruples, a person of great strength, and, above all, she loves our city. That comes through in her writing.”
Ms. Montanez did not respond to a Post-Gazette request for comment.
On June 24, she posted an item on her second, more personal blog called “Closure.” The musings on thatschurch.com as well as the original Burgh Blog archived will soon be found at VirginiaMontanez.com. Her most recent thatschurch post was a humorous yet biting take on former WTAE news anchor Wendy Bell’s lawsuit. Ms. Bell is suing the station and its parent company on the basis of race discrimination.
In Tuesday’s thatschurch.com post, Ms. Montanez said she’s uniquely qualified to ruminate on being fired after stating an opinion online. NEED, a Pittsburgh-based college access program, fired Ms. Montanez as its marketing director in 2009 after she outed herself as author of the Burgh Blog.
Pittsburgh Magazine plans to introduce a new columnist in the August issue.
Maria Sciullo: firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-263-1478 or @MariaSciulloPG.