Four excellent Charleston Gazette-Mail reporters are now gone
From Eric Eyre, who won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting in 2017 when he worked for the Gazette-Mail:
I started reading the Charleston Gazette on a daily basis when I started this blog in 2014. While the quality of the paper has declined some with new ownership (HD Media) in 2018, I still consider it to be the best newspaper in West Virginia. With the departure of four excellent reporters, however, that assessment may likely be in jeopardy.
It began when HD Media's owner, Doug Skaff, did a podcast interview with Don Blankenship:
Quinn was fired yesterday. Quinn has been doing an excellent job covering education in a state where public education is under attack. Will he be replaced?
Health reporter Caity Coyne was also critical:
As was political reporter Lacie Pierson:
Additionally, Joe Severino, who has written some excellent political and feature articles, resigned in November.
Does the name Doug Skaff sound familiar?
If you follow WV politics, it should – Skaff is Democratic Minority Leader in the House of Delegates. Here, I’m glad that at least one Democratic delegate has spoken out about this:
(Just a thought -- shouldn’t someone ask our local Democratic delegate and Minority Whip, Shawn Fluharty, what he thinks.)
Some additional reactions
Just out, from the Associated Press:
3 WVa reporters who condemned interview of ex-coal CEO fired
Let's see what Ogden does with this.