Cleveland Anchor Tells Viewers She Was Laid Off

By Kevin Eck 

Courtney Gousman has let viewers know that she has been laid off in the ongoing Scripps reorganization. Gousman was an anchor for Cleveland ABC station WEWS.

“For the past 3 weeks I have been missing on-air at News 5 Cleveland,” she wrote on Facebook. “As painful as this has been to talk about, I want to let you know I was laid- off. I was informed the decision was made due to budgetary reasons and station restructuring. Unfortunately, I am not alone. I’m one of dozens of colleagues throughout the company who have suffered the same fate, and have been recently let go.”

WEWS parent E.W. Scripps Co. announced a company-wide reorganization earlier this year. Designed to eventually save $40 million annually, the re-org calls for the elimination of 300 jobs over the course of the year. During a second-quarter earnings call earlier this month, the company said it’s on track to save $20 million this year and $40 million by the middle of 2024.


Gousman started working at WEWS in September 2020, after working at WGN in Chicago. She’s also worked at WBBM in Chicago.