The Mercury News Lays Off 31 Employees

The San Jose Mercury News laid off 31 newsroom employees on Monday, as part of a series of cost-cutting moves since being purchased last year by Denver-based MediaNews. Mercury News managers delivered the bad news to the laid-off employees during a series of phone calls to their homes on Monday morning. All Merc newsroom staffers were told to stay home and wait by their phones in case they were on the list to be called. A list of the laid-off employees is after the jump.

The layoffs included veteran reporter Dan Reed, longtime crime reporter Rod Foo, Sacramento-bureau reporter Kate Folmar, hip-hop reporter Marian Liu, and former Express copyeditor Stewart Applin. The 31 laid-off employees were joined by fifteen other newsroom employees who resigned in the past few weeks. The resignations included Elizabeth Rubinfein, one of the top editors at the newspaper.

Monday represented the second round of layoffs for the Merc in the past seven months. The Merc is a sister paper of the Oakland Tribune and the Contra Costa Times, and is the second largest daily circulation newspaper in the Bay Area after the San Francisco Chronicle. Last December, MediaNews laid off more than a dozen newsroom staffers.

Here is the list of laid-off employees:
Peter Allen
Stewart Applin
Jennifer Aquino
Morna Baird
Michelle Chandler
Victor Chi
Barbara Egbert
Marilee Enge
Robin Evans
Kate Folmar
Rod Foo
Susanna Frohman
Constance Gove
Brian Griffin
Terri Hart
Brad Kava
Dikran Keraghosian
Tony Lioce
Marian Liu
Tom Moore
Raymond Moses
Kim Boatman Nauman
John Orr
Dan Reed
Janice Rombeck
Colin Seymour
Khan T. Weinberg
Nicole Wong
Sara Wykes
Steve Yvaska
Steve Zuckerman

Here is the list of voluntary resignations since the layoffs announcement on June 6:

Tim Ball
Margarte Bethel
Roger Cohn
Dave Curtis
Dylan Hernandez
Jeff Hindenach
Elizabeth Howton
Wes Killingbeck
Will McCahill
Glenn Rabinowitz
Akili Ramsess
Elisabeth Rubinfein
Meri Simon
Yomi Wronge
Oie Yeh


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