Patch Dumps One of Its Fiercest Local Champions

On May 15, Echo Park-Silver Lake Patch editor Anthea Raymond was enlisted to do what many in the hyper-local network have been recently: front for an adjacent geographical hub. She welcomed Beverly Hills Patch readers to the new site design, touting a spiffy Opinion board, Announcements board and more.

Exactly a week later, Raymond – a veteran LA journalist with many years of service at KCRW and in college classrooms – had a different message to share via her Patch site’s Facebook page:

Raymond confirms in the comments that she was let go and makes it plainly obvious she had no idea this was coming. What’s even sadder for Patch is that unlike so many of the network’s current editorial employees who are struggling and anonymously complaining about their journalistic lot, Raymond truly loved her job.

Also chiming in via the Facebook comments: former Greater LA Patch regional editor Patrick Lee, now safely at KPCC, and a number of Raymond’s loyal readers. The Eastsider LA note in a brief item about this that Highland Park-Mount Washington Patch local editor David Fonseca recently bolted to an associate producer job with HuffPost Live LA and suggest that Eagle Rock LE Ajay Singh has taken over the HP end of things.

Raymond separately reveals that she’s looking for a four-unit area apartment building to purchase as an investment, so things evidently aren’t too bad for her on the financial front. Still, it’s never a good sign when a content company is forced to start cutting people as dedicated and emblematic as she has been.

Previously on FishbowlLA:
Getting to Know Some of This Year’s SoCal Journalism Award Finalists
Patch’s Hyper-Urgent Deadline: Q4, 2013