Tuesday, July 3, 2007

The Mercury News Lays Off 31 Employees

By Robert Gammon
Tue, Jul 3, 2007 at 4:56 PM

The San Jose Mercury News laid off 31 newsroom employees on Monday, as part of a series of cost-cutting moves since being purchased last year by Denver-based MediaNews. Mercury News managers delivered the bad news to the laid-off employees during a series of phone calls to their homes on Monday morning. All Merc newsroom staffers were told to stay home and wait by their phones in case they were on the list to be called. A list of the laid-off employees is after the jump.

The layoffs included veteran reporter Dan Reed, longtime crime reporter Rod Foo, Sacramento-bureau reporter Kate Folmar, hip-hop reporter Marian Liu, and former Express copyeditor Stewart Applin. The 31 laid-off employees were joined by fifteen other newsroom employees who resigned in the past few weeks. The resignations included Elizabeth Rubinfein, one of the top editors at the newspaper.

Monday represented the second round of layoffs for the Merc in the past seven months. The Merc is a sister paper of the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times, and is the second largest daily circulation newspaper in the Bay Area after the San Francisco Chronicle. Last December, MediaNews laid off more than a dozen newsroom staffers.

Here is the list of laid-off employees: Peter Allen Stewart Applin Jennifer Aquino Morna Baird Michelle Chandler Victor Chi Barbara Egbert Marilee Enge Robin Evans Kate Folmar Rod Foo Susanna Frohman Constance Gove Brian Griffin Terri Hart Brad Kava Dikran Keraghosian Tony Lioce Marian Liu Tom Moore Raymond Moses Kim Boatman Nauman John Orr Dan Reed Janice Rombeck Colin Seymour Khan T. Weinberg Nicole Wong Sara Wykes Steve Yvaska Steve Zuckerman

Here is the list of voluntary resignations since the layoffs announcement on June 6:

Tim Ball Margarte Bethel Roger Cohn Dave Curtis Dylan Hernandez Jeff Hindenach Elizabeth Howton Wes Killingbeck Will McCahill Glenn Rabinowitz Akili Ramsess Elisabeth Rubinfein Meri Simon Yomi Wronge Oie Yeh

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