St. Louis, MO (KSDK) - The St. Louis Post-Dispatch laid off nearly two dozen employees, 14 of them from the paper's newsroom, NewsChannel 5 Sharon Stevens has learned.
Speaking to Post-Dispatch employees Friday afternoon, Stevens learned the newsroom employee layoffs included: 3 reporters, 1 photographer, 1 cartoonist, 2 copy editors, 4 photo editors, 1 deputy managing editor, 1 news editor and 1 food editor. The remaining cuts were made in other departments.
David Sheets, a writer and editor at the Post-Dispatch, was among those laid off Friday.
"Just got the call: I've been laid off from the Post-Dispatch after 14 years," Sheets wrote on his Facebook page. "Shocking, though not really a surprise, given all the staff cuts being made today. But I'd like to say here now how much I enjoyed working with an excellent group of journalists at one of the best newspapers in the country..."
Food editor Judy Evans tweeted, "Along with far too many colleagues, I've been laid off from the Post-Dispatch. I'm still in shock, and pondering my future."
NewsChannel 5 reached out to the Post-Dispatch for comment, and Tracy Rouch, Public Relations Manager released the following statement:
"The St. Louis Post-Dispatch had a work force reduction today of 23 positions from the newsroom, advertising and production."