Post-Dispatch Layoffs Include 14 From Newsroom

Jan 9, 2009 at 10:26 am

Columnist and commentary page editor Eric Mink and prep/college sports editor Cameron Hollway were among the slew of folks who got pink-slipped at the local daily yesterday. 

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch laid off 39 employees across four departments, including fourteen from the newsroom.

The paper did not fire any reporters or photographers, but did let go a number of copy editors, news clerks and online editors.

Although the sports department had been largely spared in the two previous rounds of cuts, this time sports lost at least two staffers, including the well-respected Hollway.

Before the layoffs occurred yesterday afternoon, the stock price of the paper's embattled corporate parent, Lee Enterprises, jumped seventeen cents to close at $0.56. That's Lee's best performance since December 5, 2008, when it was trading at $0.60.

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-Kristen Hinman