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100 Veteran AP Staffers Take Buyouts

AP logo2.pngThe Associated Press said yesterday that about 100 staffers had taken a voluntary buyout offered by the news collective.

Among those to take the offer were 49-year veteran reporter Richard Pyle (who did an interview with the Huffington Post earlier this week) and Ron Edmonds, who worked as senior White House photographer, Editor & Publisher reported.

The AP first offered the buyouts in May and the deadline to respond was Monday. The deals were made available to employees “who had been with the news outlet since Jan. 1, 2009; reached age 55 by the end of 2009; had 10 years of ‘vested service’ with AP; and a combined age and years of service equal to 75 or higher,” E&P said. Each buyout includes a $500 lump sum payment for each year of service, and a pension increase.

If you know anyone else who took the deal, let us know, leave an anonymous tip or add a comment.

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Veteran AP Reporter Pyle Looks Back On 49-Year Career: “I’ve Been Very Lucky”

Veteran reporter Richard Pyle retired today after 49 years at the Associated Press. The Huffington Post‘s Dana Kennedy got an interview with Pyle, and helped him look back his almost 50-year career — spent at only one company.

Read the whole interview for the entire experience, but here are some of Pyle’s best insights:

“I’ve been very lucky. The second half of the 20th century was the golden age of journalism. The cutoff point was 9-11. Everything’s changed since then. It was the heyday. It was never that good before and it will never be that good again.”

On covering Vietnam:

“If you were a young guy like me, unmarried, you couldn’t let this story go by. I didn’t know if I could cut it but I had to be there. In the end, they had to drag me kicking and screaming out of that place. It was the greatest story I’ve ever had. It was at the most important and influential and life changing. Most of my best friends today, like George Esper, were with me in the Saigon bureau. We’re like brothers. The AP bureau in Saigon was the greatest news bureau that ever existed.”

On what will happen if he witnesses a big story post-retirement:

“I’ll call the AP and tell them what I see. I won’t call CBS or the New York Times! But I won’t be out chasing the ambulance. At some point you have to cut bait and that’s what I’m doing.”