Tony Pierce No Longer at KPCC

It’s been a tumultuous 12 months over at KPCC, what with the departure of Madeleine Brand, demotion of Patt Morrison and – most recently – exit of program director Craig Curtis. Unfortunately, another name can be added to the list: Tony Pierce.

When we first heard about Pierce’s KPCC layoff, it was as much of a surprise to us as his 2011 exit from the LA Times. FishbowlLA contacted Pierce and he was kind enough to give us the following statement:

Yes, it’s true. I was relieved of my duties at KPCC recently. It was quite a shock as I thought I was providing an important and useful service to the Take Two show during the week and to the KPCC website on Saturdays.

But in the ultimate “it’s not you, it’s me” reasoning, I was told it was due to a budget shortfall, and not the quality of my work, that I was being shown the door.

While I was the blog editor, the quality of our reporting improved a great deal, as did overall traffic. But the thing I was most proud of was being able to hire people like Tami Abdollah, Lisa Brenner, Rina Palta, Jose Martinez and Alice Walton (and being able to promote
Hayley Fox from intern status to reporter).

Since October, I was doing the social media for Take Two and those numbers also increased. That team has gone through so much, and yet they all wake up at 4:30 in the morning to deliver a quality show – and they do. It was a joy to work with them so closely.

There are a lot of very talented, sweet, dedicated people working in that lovely office. It was a pleasure to get to work on smart stories of real substance every day simply for the public good. How often does that happen?

Hopefully, all the people who were banging down my door right before I decided to work for KPCC will still remember me now, as I am definitely ready to rock going forward. And something tells me that the desire to read interesting news stories on the Web is something that isn’t going away any time soon.

Side note: Russ Stanton, vp of content for KPCC/Southern California Public Radio, was previously Pierce’s boss at the LA Times. And picking up on Pierce’s final paragraph, we have a feeling he will not be full-time unemployed for long.

Editor’s note: A previous version of this story’s first pargraph incorrectly stated that Morrison had left the station. FishbowlLA regrets the error.