Wife of Oregonian Editor Fired from The Oregonian Because She Doesn’t Fit ‘Paper’s New Digital Strategy’
CLARIFICATION: Although the Willamette Week reported that “[Mr.] Bhatia told staff he alone decided who would be laid off,” Mr. Bhatia himself has expressed his viewpoint that this is not in fact the case, claiming that as editor of the paper and head of the “news operations,” he did not have that authority over editorial page staffers including his wife.
Last week, Portland’s main daily newspaper, The Oregonian, announced that it would end daily delivery and lay off some staffers. How many? Portland alt-weekly Willamette Week reports that The Oregonian laid off almost 100 people, including 49 people in the newsroom.
Among the casualties of The Oregonian’s transition to a digital news company? Mr. Bhatia’s own wife, Liz Dahl, who is (or, rather, was) a commentary editor at the paper. That’s got to make for some awkward dinner conversations. Read More