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Daily News schools reporter jumps to school board side *

Barbara Jones, who covers the LA Unified School District and the Board of Education for the Daily News, is leaving the newspaper business to become the chief of staff to board member Tamar Galatzan. She was at the Daily News for 26 years and had been the paper's city editor. Here's the newsroom email from city editor Harrison Sheppard.

From: Harrison Sheppard
Date: Thu, Dec 5, 2013 at 6:05 PM
Subject: Barb Jones

To: Barbara Jones, Bob Strauss, Brenda Gazzar, Christina Villacorte, Dakota Smith, Dana Bartholomew, Greg Wilcox, Kelly Goff, Rick Orlov, Susan Abram, Dean Musgrove, Steven Rosenberg, Geraldine Berrios, Theresa Saplad-Frabotta, Michael Baker, Hans Gutknecht , Andrew Holzman, David Crane, John McCoy, Miriam Velasquez, Helene Goldsen, Carolina Garcia


I'm sad to report that Barbara Jones, after being with the Daily News for 26 years, is leaving us. She is going to become chief of staff to LAUSD school board member Tamar Galatzan.

Barb joined the Daily News in 1987, and has held just about every job in the newsroom -- night editor, city editor, business editor, features editor and others. As education reporter for the last two years, she has absolutely kicked ass, generating scoop after scoop and holding the district's feet to the fire with a genuine passion for the beat. She also did some outstanding reporting on the Catholic Church sex abuse issue and pretty much any other topic we've thrown her way.

We're certainly going to miss Barb. Her last day is Dec. 18. We'll be sure to have a nice sendoff for her before then.

I've included the names of who received the email because, folks, that is apparently everybody who is left on the news side of the newsroom. Editors and photographers included. Many functions are now handled centrally at the LANG office in West Covina. Not everybody listed here even sits in the Woodland Hills newsroom. Orlov and Villacorte (and maybe Smith) are downtown. Just for comparison, the news staff at KPCC, for example, is way bigger.

* Update: Sheppard advises that's more of a random partial list than a complete roster of newsroom personnel. Sports and opinion side people are not included, for example. Plus others.

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