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LA Times Loses Two Top Reporters to ProPublica

latimesgg.pngWe’re not sure if this is a case of following the money or just escaping the lack of it, but LA Observed is reporting that two of the LA Times‘ top reporters are jumping ship to join up with ProPublica the online non-profit investigative journalism website helmed by former WSJer Paul Steiger.

Charles Ornstein and Tracy Weber won a Pulitzer Prize in 2005 for reporting on the deaths at King-Drew Medical Center, and in June Ornstein was honored as a journalist of the year by the Los Angeles Press Club. Their departures take place in the wake of last week’s sweeping staff cuts at the LAT, which were themselves part of Sam Zell‘s intended “deep cuts” for all Tribune Co. papers. It’s a blow to the LAT newsroom, and if it becomes a trend one wonders if the deep cuts will end up being fatal ones.

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