L.A. Times layoff scenes

More confirmed departures:

  • David Haldane was a reporter at the Times for 23 years, the last 16 in Orange County. "Yesterday (Monday) was my last day; I’m gone, gone, gone… as my supervisor accompanied me on the last slow walk down the long dark hall to the HR office, it felt a lot like a long walk to the gallows. I was – and to some extent still am – in shock."
  • Sara Lippincott was an assistant editor of the Los Angeles Times Book Review until getting the word that her position — and the Book Review itself — were being eliminated.
  • Matt Randall was an operations and technology manager: "Papers were filled out and the HR Rep was in the office when I was called in for my meeting. While others were given a few weeks to finish up, I was told that my last day would be July 14th, (as in right now, you are done....) The kicker was when manager Dave Rickley asked if I wanted to stay and work the rest of the day. (I 'so politely' said, "Uh no...")
  • Gary Metzker, a technology editor in news operations, was on vacation when he got the call Monday. He spent 24 years at the Times and as a news editor was part of four Pulitzer Prize-winning teams and two that won Press Club awards.
  • I'm told there was quite a scramble in Sports Monday night when the only two designers on duty were laid off three hours before deadline.
  • Travel section editor and writer Rosemary McClure's last day is Friday. She is a two-time Lowell Thomas Travel Journalist of the Year, most recently last year.
  • Bob Carey was a photo editor for Metro and Business and photographer of many years.
  • John Kissell and Ron Logsdon were copy editors in Metro. Mark Masek had been a features copy editor for just eight months after coming over from the San Gabriel Valley Tribune.
  • Casey Dolan was a Pop Music contributor, Sunday Calendar Letters Editor and assistant to Entertainment Editor Betsy Sharkey.
  • Thomas Mulligan, a byline in Business and on the front page for more than two decades, confirmed that he left just in advance of this layoff round and began Monday in the New York office of Sitrick and Company, the Century City-based crisis PR firm.
  • Environmental writer Marla Cone says she'll be staying until August 15 to finish a project.
  • is keeping a running list of about 100 names, some of them unconfirmed, being talked about in the Times newsroom. I'll probably run a list when things shake out a bit more. Email me if you care to confirm you are leaving.
Earlier confirmed departures: Chuck Philips and ten more writers, Anne-Marie O'Connor, Jesus Sanchez, Bill Lobdell and Jay Christensen.

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