For those of you who missed it in this weekend's Post-Dispatch
, travel writer Tom Uhlenbrock
will no longer file dispatches from exotic locales
. After ten years of wandering the globe as the paper's sole travel writer, Uhlenbrock has been re-assigned.
He's now covering the higher-education beat for the daily, meaning the most foreign-sounding place he's likely to visit anytime soon is Champaign -- as in Urbana.
What does this mean for the paper's travel coverage?
Yesterday Daily RFT
spoke with Post-Dispatch
editor Arnie Robbins
who tells us that the weekend travel section "Explore" will continue, although without a full-time reporter.
"We wanted more firepower for our metro coverage, so we decided to move Tom," explains Robbins. "As good as he was as a travel writer, there's just more priority for local news and Tom has proved himself before as a metro reporter."
Robbins says the Explore section will pull from wire services to replace the 24 to 26 travel features that Uhlenbrock penned each year. It will also use Post-Dispatch
staff for around 12 to 16 features each year.
"If one of our reporters is going somewhere like New York or Florida to cover a story, we might also ask them to write a travel piece," continues Robbins, who adds that Uhlenbrock's reassignment is not a cost-cutting measure, per se. "It's more of a realignment. It's a trend you're seeing at papers across the country that have moved the resources they allocated for travel to other areas."
In related news, Kavita Kumar
, who previously covered higher education for the paper, has also been reassigned. She's now covering retail business.
Okay, the headline above is a bit misleading. But I just can't resist using the word "staycation" whenever possible -- even if it is