More Farewell Notes From LAT Staff

Environmental reporter Margot Roosevelt was among the Los Angeles Times reporters who were cut last week.

She received the news from an Alaskan research station 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle, reports LA Observed.

“I’ve loved the LA Times. I’m grateful to have worked with so many people I admire. I’m heartbroken to be leaving. Please keep in touch,” she wrote. (Full email at the original link.)

The LAT’s timing certainly could have been better. The paper also laid off its Baghdad bureau chief, Salar Jaff, in the cuts. According to WitnessLA, Jaff, who is Iraqi, received the news on the first day of Ramadan.

Also, Randy Hagihara, director of the paper’s Metpro & Summer Internship Program, is leaving. His departure is being characterized as a buyout, not a layoff, but he is leaving nonetheless. His farewell note, also via LA Observed, was too awesome not to print:

my newspaper job
was a blast while it lasted
but all things must end

Thanks y’all for making me look like I knew what I was doing.

All the best.

-rh