At least nine newsroom employees with well over 200 combined years of experience at The Kansas City Star will leave the publication at month’s end. The employees all accepted buyouts offered by The Star’s parent company, McClatchy.
The buyouts are the latest hit to the The Star’s headcount, following staff reductions last August and last May. They are part of an effort by McClatchy, the Sacramento, California-based newspaper chain, to cut costs and focus on digital operations in the face of declining revenue.
Employees who are at least 55 years old and had 10 or more years of experience at The Star were eligible for the buyout.
McClatchy offered buyouts to 50 employees, and 24 accepted, a source told KCUR.
Several employees taking buyouts have worked at The Star for multiple decades. They include Steve Kraske, a political columnist and editorial writer; Lynn Horsley, a government and business reporter; Tony Rizzo, a crime and courts reporter; Mark Davis, a business reporter; and John Sleezer, a photographer.
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