Friday, February 13, 2009

Chicago Tribune trims newsroom staff

The Chicago Tribune eliminated at least a dozen staff positions from its newsroom Thursday, part of a new wave of cuts designed to rein in costs as advertising revenue continues to decline.

The layoffs included photographers, foreign correspondents and a Pulitzer Prize winner, people with direct knowledge of the cuts said. A spokeswoman for the paper didn’t respond to a request for comment.

According to these people, among Thursday’s layoffs were Don Terry, who was part of a New York Times team that won a Pulitzer in 2001 for a series on race in America, business reporter Susan Chandler, food writer Emily Nunn and foreign correspondents Christine Spolar and Joel Greenberg. Mr. Greenberg’s Jerusalem bureau and Ms. Spolar’s Rome bureau will be closed.

Also fired were multimedia producer Christopher Booker and comics coordinator Barbara Schaffner. Features writer Charles Leroux and assistant magazine editor Jeff Lyon are leaving under a buyout offered last year but delayed when Tribune Co. filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in December.

In total, management told Chicago Tribune employees at a meeting Monday that the paper would eliminate up to 60 jobs across all departments, according to people who attended.


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