Nationally syndicated columnist Ruben Navarrette was among 35 newsroom employees laid off yesterday at The San Diego Union-Tribune.
The Voice of San Diego reports the layoffs are part of a planned reorganization. Reporter Leonel Sánchez was also among the casualties. This is the seventh round of job cuts in the last four years and the first under Jeff Light, the newspaper’s new editor.
While the paper has just announced the layoffs, it is also hiring – for entry-level reporting jobs @ 35K a year.
Ruben may be off the Union-Tribune books, but he’ll continue with his twice-weekly column, which is syndicated worldwide by The Washington Post Writers Group.
A Harvard grad, Ruben began a freelance writing career before joining the staff of The Arizona Republic in 1997, first as a reporter and then as a twice-weekly columnist. He left in 1999 to go back to school, earning a master’s in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He joined the editorial board of The Dallas Morning News in July 2000, and in 2005, moved to the Union-Tribune. His column has been in syndication since 2001.