It was nearly a year ago when Peter Lauria left his media reporter post at the New York Post for a job at The Daily Beast. Now it appears as though Lauria is on his way out from and is negotiating his severance package with The Daily Beast. Lauria has not published a story for The Daily Beast since Jan. 25 and, according to his former Post colleague Keith Kelly, calls to his office phone has been answered by newest Beast hire Nick Somers.
Sources close to the situation claim that Lauria has not been getting along with top editors including Daily Beast editor-in-chief Tina Brown. Some believe Brown was upset with Lauria after he garnered a great deal of publicity and an interview on NBC’s Today Show for his story on Viacom owner Sumner Redstone’s obsession with the all-girl band the Electric Barbarellas. Lauria seemed to have lost his way at The Daily Beast when Brown hired a horde of media reporters following the merger with Newsweek. Notable additions to the department were Somers and Howard Kurtz who came aboard as DC bureau chief.