Founding editor of USA Today and 20 year vet of USA Weekend Lorrie Lynch is on the market after a 30 year career with Gannett. In an email to friends and colleagues to today, Lynch said:
“I was laid off, along with most of my colleagues, as the company plans to have the Sunday magazine produced primarily by the staff of USA TODAY.”
Lynch says she will take a few months while she explores new and interesting challenges.
See the email in its entirety after the jump.
My dear colleagues and friends,
Today I will wrap up a 30-year journalism career with Gannett, USA TODAY and USA WEEKEND. I was laid off, along with most of my colleagues, as the company plans to have the Sunday magazine produced primarily by the staff of USA TODAY.
As a founding editor of USA TODAY (going back to 1982) and a 20-year veteran of USA WEEKEND, I have been privileged to cover princesses and presidents, celebrities and newsmakers of all stripes. I’ve danced at the White House, attended a royal wedding, toured the Warner Bros. lot with George Clooney, shared a long leisurely lunch in John Travolta‘s dining room, curled up for some girl talk on Oprah’s office sofa. I’ve had my own column and more recently a blog and I’ve been named worse person in the world by Keith Olbermann! It’s been a great ride. Thanks to all of you who have made my job a joy by working with me to get the people and information I wanted or needed.
I will take a few months off but I will be looking for new and interesting challenges. Please keep me in mind and keep in touch. Here are the best ways to reach me from Dec. 5 on.
You can also find me on facebook, twitter and linkedin.
Happy Holidays. I look forward to working with you again soon.
P.S. I now I have missed colleagues in your offices so please feel free to spread the word