Hard times, come again....

Dateline: Fri 05 Sep 2014

Today is another in a long line of D-days for the Indianapolis Star --- D as in departed.

Gannett had everyone re-apply for their jobs (unless they elected to leave). Then came the blood-letting.

Among those who will no longer be working there as of today are some talented people:

Carolyn Doyle and Tom Swenson, copy editors; reporters Eric Weddle, (education reporter) Diana Penner (newsroom reporter), and Barb Berggoetz (features and healthy living).

Also gone: Kelly Graham-McDonald, who is a clerk doing "faith round-up," according to the online IndyStar.com "Follow Our Staff" link.

Many staffers elected to take buyouts: Greg Griffo, Rob Goebel and Joe Vitti (all from photo), Carl Sygiel and Steve Bacon (copy editors) and Russ Leonard (paraprofessional). 

T.J. Banes, a features writer, resigned a couple weeks ago.

Photographer Danese Kenon landed on her feet a couple weeks ago with a job in Pittsburgh at the Post-Gazette as multi-media director. She is popular with staff and respected. As one person explained, she taught every reporter how to take movies with IPhones. The paper is family owned, so she may retire from there. Who knows?

The "Follow Our Staff" link is helpful for tracking. If someone's name disappears in the next few days, you know that person also was axed or took off.



If there are any mistakes in this post, correct away.

Good luck to all. 



JCB [unverified] said:

Phil Richards, Mark Ambrogi and Mike Chappell also took the buyout. :-(

2014-09-05 18:53:03

Anonymous [unverified] said:

Barb Berggoetz had been covering politics/Statehouse since last year.

2014-09-05 19:33:11

Anon [unverified] said:

Things must be just peachy at that family-owned newspaper! Oh wait.

2014-09-06 06:55:53

Judy Cebula [unverified] said:

Ruth, thanks for keeping the blog going.

For those still at the paper I truly wish you all the best - I know you need to take care of yourselves and your families and this is a living. Unsolicited advice kindly offered here: when you relocate to Nordstrom look around for the nearest exit. You will likely need it, just as your friends needed one this season.

2014-09-06 10:17:17

Terry [unverified] said:

Another sad day. Does the departure of Greg Griffo mean the end of the long-running Griffo name at the Star? Tony Griffo had to leave last year when the design desk was moved to Louisville.

2014-09-06 15:37:24

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