A loyal reader of this site, who simply wants to be known as a “Guy With a List,” has provided the names of those journalists who have been let go at the Kansas City Star over the years.
He calls it his “Michael C. Fannin Wall of Shame” in recognition of the Star editor who took the helm at the McClatchy-owned paper nearly five years ago an oversaw the cutbacks.
Here is the list (feel free to reply with any names that were missed):
Rick Alm (business), Melodee Blobaum (local), Gail Borelli (features), David Boyce (sports), Jennifer Bhargava (local), Melodee Blobaum (local), Robert Butler (features), Hearne Christopher (features), Diane Carroll (local), Mike Casey (local), Bob Cole (business), Charles Coulter (edit page), Angela Curry (features), John Mark Eberhart (features).
Mike Fitzgerald (sports), Jeff Flanagan (sports), Robert Folsom (features), Malcolm Garcia (local), Bill Graham (local), David Hayes (business), Randy Heaster (business), Kevin Hoffman (local), Allen Holder (features), Paul Horsley (features), Julius Karash (business), Heather Krafft (features), Vickie Long (business), Bob Luder (sports).
Jennifer Mann (business), Mike Mansur (local), Brian McTavish (features), Gene Meyer (business), Eric Palmer (business), Jim Pedley (sports), Russ Pulley (local), Mike Rice (local), Howard Richman (sports), Steve Rock (sports/local), Laura Scott (edit page), Sara Shepherd (local), John Shultz (local), Debra Skodack (local), DeAnn Smith (local).
Ann Spivak (features), Loren Stanton (local), Karen Uhlenhuth (features), Mechelle Voepel (sports), Kit Wagar (local), Monica Watrous (features), Paul Wenske (business), Jackie White (features), Steve Winn (edit page).
“It’s only about fifty names, but that’s only writers,” he says. “It doesn’t include so many other good photographers, copy editors, administrative assistants, and all the other folks who were the backbone of the news operation. If you include them, the list swells to over 120 laid off. Plus it doesn’t include the many people who took retirement, died, took voluntary buyouts, or found better places to work. You know…like McDonald’s.”
He added some final thoughts regarding the editor:
“May, 2013 will mark Year Five of the Mike Fannin reign. The ”Fannin Five” will go down in the history of The Star as the “Fruitless Five.” Five of the most fruitless ever: for readers, for employees, for a free press.”