Post-Dispatch lays off 6 newsroom employees

Four copy editors, one photographer and an editor were laid off Tuesday.


  1. Four copy editors, one photographer and an assistant metro editor were laid off today from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in St. Louis. 
  2. One of the copy editors was a part-time employee; all others were full-time employees.

    Newsroom employees can volunteer to take the place of a laid off employee, according to an internal memo from Post-Dispatch managers. Employees have until June 5 to do so.

    Post-Dispatch editor Arnie Robbins retired on Friday. Editorial page editor Gilbert Bailon has taken over. 
  3. In March, Lee Enterprises Chief Executive Officer Mary Junck was awarded a $500,000 bonus for refinancing the bankrupt newspaper chain's debt. The Post-Dispatch is owned by Lee.
  4. The Post-Dispatch laid off a marketing and an information technology employee in February, and 37 employees in 2011.
  5. Editor's note: I am a former Post-Dispatch employee; I resigned in April 2012.