Here's Who The Plain Dealer Laid Off Today

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Among the 14 veteran journalists laid off Monday from the Plain Dealer are the following: 

Joanna Connors, first hired by the paper in 1983, who has served as a feature writer, book and film critic. Her series on sexual assault: "Beyond Rape: A Survivor's Journey" became the basis for her recent book, I Will Find You.

Debbi Snook, first hired in 1983, who has for 20 years written reviews on the food team. She has also written a number of marquee special reports, including a piece in 2012 called "Ohio's Trail of Tears" about how Native Americans were forced out of Ohio.

Michael Sangiacomo, first hired in 1989, who has covered a broad range of topics for the paper and has written recently with compassion and depth about the U.S. border, including a standalone special section in February.

Dennis Manoloff, first hired in 1990, who has covered multiple beats on the sports desk, including collegiate athletics and golf.

Allison Dolin Carey, first hired in 1993, who has been for several years the heart and soul of the popular weekly Fashion Flash feature.

Janet Cho, first hired in 1999, who has been a premier reporter on the business desk for years.

Chuck Crow, veteran photographer.

Tom Feran, 37-year-veteran reporter. Feran literally reported on the PD layoffs after he'd been laid off, reportedly among those who volunteered.

Elton Alexander, longtime collegiate athletics reporter, who's been working his butt off covering the NCAA tourney, and who signed off Tuesday with a Kenny Loggins jam.

We'll update as we learn more.

The News Guild announced Monday that at least some of the 14 journalists volunteered to be laid off in order to preserve jobs for their colleagues and said that one additional reporter would depart later in April. Today's newsroom layoffs are in addition to 29 production jobs (2o of which were union positions) that will soon be outsourced, which means a net loss, for the Guild, of 35 members. 

“[Advance Publications] will tell you this shedding of jobs is to save money while continuing to serve the region in an ever-changing media landscape,” the Guild wrote. “Here are the facts: Two decades ago, the paper had a staff of 340 journalists to cover Northeast Ohio. Soon, there will be 32. The damage isn’t just the loss of jobs. It’s the loss of information vital to the life of the city.”

The Guild noted that the newspaper lost more than 475 years of institutional knowledge in a single day.

On Friday, the Guild ratified a contract that extends to February, 2021, and provides an option for health care benefits to those who have been laid off while eliminating required furlough days for union workers.

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Sam Allard

Sam Allard is the Senior Writer at Scene, in which capacity he covers politics and power and writes about movies when time permits. He's a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the NEOMFA at Cleveland State. Prior to joining Scene, he was encamped in Sarajevo, Bosnia, on an...
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