Among those hit by the layoffs and buyouts at the Daily News last Friday were Minerva Hernandez and Tom Mendoza.
Minerva had been an editorial assistant since December of 1990. According to an internal blog, she “played a key role in breaking one of the paper’s biggest news stories — interviewing Corina Villaraigosa’s mother by phone in Spanish about Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s affair with a Telemundo reporter.”
Tom joined the paper as a photographer in July 1990. His colleagues lament losing a talented photog, who is said to be leaving the journalism biz.