Todd Bishop is one of the few tech reporters I can honestly recommend without reservation, and he’s a great guy to boot. This week, he’s got some good news to report, this time about himself: He’s leaving the Seattle PI to start a new online tech news service called the Puget Sound Business Journal. Here’s the word from Todd:

I'm excited to tell you about a new online technology news venture that my longtime colleague John Cook and I will be launching in Seattle in the coming weeks with the Puget Sound Business Journal.

Over time, we're aiming to build the Seattle region's leading technology news site. I'll continue to report on the technology industry and write a blog about Microsoft on the new site, so I hope to stay in contact with you as I make the transition and re-establish my coverage. In the new role, I'll be able to apply myself almost exclusively to online efforts. I'm looking forward to seeing what happens when I can focus even more on blogging and other forms of online reporting.

I'm also looking forward to working with John and the Business Journal to build this new venture. It's going to be challenging and fun. Business Journal technology reporter Eric Engleman will be working closely with us, as well, so we've got a solid team in place. After we get up and running, we'll also be hosting regular events around town, in conjunction with the site.

My six years at the Seattle P-I were invaluable to me. I feel fortunate to have worked with so many talented reporters and editors at the paper. The decision to leave wasn't easy, but I'm ready and eager for this new adventure.

Sounds great. I’m looking forward to seeing Todd again and discussing the new venture. Good luck, guys!