Post-Dispatch lays off 2

First layoffs of 2013 follow news of publisher's, CEO's salary hikes.


  1. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch laid off two newsroom employees on Jan. 14.

    The news copy editor and information coordinator were the first to be laid off from the paper in 2013. 

    The same day, it was announced that Post-Dispatch publisher Kevin Mowbray, who also is the vice president of publishing for parent company Lee Enterprises, earned $591,607 in fiscal year 2012, a 33 percent increase from the previous year. Compensation for CEO Mary Junck increased 82 percent in fiscal year 2012.
  2. Lee Enterprises reported a net loss of $20.9 million for fiscal year 2012.
  3. Previous Post-Dispatch layoffs

    The Post-Dispatch laid off 38 employees in 2012. The last round of layoffs came on Aug. 23, when six production employees were laid off.
  4. On July 26 and 27, 13 newsroom employees and 10 advertising and production employees were laid off. 
  5. An advertising employee was laid off on June 8, two weeks after six newsroom employees were laid off.
  6. Two more employees were laid off in February.

    In 2011, 37 Post-Dispatch employees and 20 Suburban Journals employees were laid off. That same year, Lee executives received 30 percent increases in compensation. More than 450 Post-Dispatch and Journals employees have been laid off since 2008.
  7. Editor's note: I am a former Post-Dispatch employee; I resigned in April 2012. I also operate the Paper Cuts website (linked above), which is not as up-to-date as I'd like.