With Steven Greenhouse's exit from the beat, there can't be too many reporters still covering labor full-time at major American media outlets. And none with his reach. Greenhouse, who has 31 years at the NYT, posted tonight on Twitter:
Thanks All. With great ambivalence, I'm taking NYT buyout. I plan to write a book & still write lots of articles on labor & other matters.— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) December 3, 2014
He went deeper in an email to newsroom colleagues, per Capital New York (bottom of the story), explaining that "This has been one of the toughest decisions of my life...The Times made a generous buyout offer that was hard to refuse. That and the fact that two good friends—both also 63, both terrific journalists—died over the past few months really pushed me to take this step and begin my next chapter." He's working on a book for Knopf about workers and plans to freelance for the Times.
Also added to lists of the bought-out: Felicity Barringer, a longtime environment reporter for the NYT.
* Also: Advertising reporter Stuart Elliott, with the NYT since 1991. And I'll note that assistant business editor Jack Lynch was, I'm told, briefly the business editor of the Los Angeles Herald Examiner.
Previously on LA Observed:
Buyouts taken by some New York Times veterans