The Overnight Shift Brought Them Closer Together

Just earlier than Ashley Marie Thomas left the New York office of The Associated Press in February 2009 for a full-time job at its Philadelphia office, she thought she had seen the final of Dino Hazell, an editor and night supervisor who had additionally been working for the information service at the moment.

“I didn’t like him at all,” stated Ms. Thomas, 35, now the deputy politics editor for the A.P.’s Washington bureau. “I found it very difficult to work with Dino in New York,” Ms. Thomas stated, “so I was really happy to be getting away from him.”

But simply because the door was closing behind her, a New York supervisor knowledgeable Ms. Thomas that Mr. Hazell and some different colleagues from the New York office have been additionally being transferred to the Philadelphia office.

“I wasn’t thrilled,” she stated.

When Mr. Hazell, 51, who graduated from N.Y.U., from which he additionally acquired a grasp’s diploma in journalism, arrived, nonetheless, the change of surroundings someway made him much less of a nuisance than Ms. Thomas had remembered.

In truth, they quickly turned quick associates. “He was loud and funny and one of the best editors I had ever come across,” stated Ms. Thomas, who graduated magna cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelor’s diploma in journalism.

“He was like a different person,” she stated.

Then got here a seismic shift of their relationship. The in a single day shift, that’s — which Ms. Thomas was requested to fill for 3 months.

She started working from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., and although she dreaded the hours, she was capable of spend a while with Mr. Hazell, who labored the 4 p.m. to midnight shift, and took his lunch break each evening at 10:30 to stroll Ms. Thomas the seven blocks from her residence to the office to start her in a single day shift.

“At first I declined all of his offers because I didn’t want anyone to think there was something going on between us,” Ms. Thomas stated. “But Dino insisted, and showed up at my door.”

They started rising shut, and within the ensuing months spent a lot time collectively on the weekends and spoke consistently.

“I really thought we had something special together during those early days in Philadelphia,” Mr. Hazell stated. “There was so much potential.”

By July 2010, Ms. Thomas was feeling a lot the identical, and so they started courting.

The years glided by, and so they continued courting, and courting some extra.

“It got to the point where my parents started pressuring me a bit, wondering if and when Dino and I were ever going to get married, because he was just taking his sweet old time about things,” Ms. Thomas stated.

“Suddenly, we were seven years in, and I felt I had spent enough time wondering if Dino was going to marry me — and I was tired of Philadelphia,” she added.

So she began on the lookout for one other job inside the company, and located a gap in Washington, the place she started working in November 2017, leaving Mr. Hazell behind in Philadelphia.

“For the next 10 months, I took either a two-hour train ride or a three-hour bus ride to visit her every weekend,” he stated. “I didn’t like being without her in my life, and I knew that meant I needed to live where she lived.”

He, too, is now working in Washington, the place he turned an editor on the Washington politics desk. He finally labored his manner again into Ms. Thomas’s coronary heart.

The couple have been married Aug. 14 by the Rev. Peter Lanshima, a Roman Catholic priest, on the Cathedral Basilica of St. John the Baptist in Savannah, Ga.

“We traveled a long road with some serious doubts along the way,” stated the bride. “Thankfully, we finally made it.”

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