Herald-Leader Cuts 4% Of Staff

The changing economy is prompting a round of layoffs at the Lexington Herald-Leader and its parent company.

At the Herald-Leader, four percent of the staff, or the equivalent of 17 full-time employees, is being eliminated.

The layoffs are in addition to the elimination of 15 other jobs earlier this year through a buyout program.

In a memo to staff members, publisher Tim Kelly told members the layoffs are painful but a necessary step. Monday's layoffs impact workers in various departments, including news and advertising.


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  • by Joey Location: Lex on Jun 18, 2008 at 06:14 AM
    John of Lexington; Zatoichi is correct but I'll also add that if you furthered your education past the 6th grade, those three jobs at the gas station could be rolled into one good paying job. I have more money in the bank now than ever due to Bush tax breaks. I've been working the same job for 20 years, have two kids in college now, but could barely get by when Clinton was in office due to his taxes. You're not an independent; you're a freakin Liberal. A true independent wouldn't just attack one side. You kill me in your costume of an independent. (edited).
  • by Zatoichi Location: Richmond on Jun 17, 2008 at 06:20 PM
    John of Lexington KY, don't worry, after Obama is elected you won't have a job, much less 3 of them.
  • by John Location: Lexington KY on Jun 17, 2008 at 09:24 AM
    Chris so according to you, we should stop watching CNN and others so we can hear the comedians Bill O'Reilly & Sean Hannity from the FOX comedy channel! Yea they really showed respect for Tim Russert! Fair & Balanced only to republicans. I'm an independant voter. Thanks to 7 years of republican policy I have to work 3 jobs and I still can't afford my prescriptions or doctor visits!
  • by an employee Location: HL on Jun 17, 2008 at 06:40 AM
    The previous poster is correct - this is not the end. Print media is struggling all over the nation, given the internet age now being much more prevalent and convenient. HL prices went up this past year, not down, however. Alot of customer service was also outsourced, out of the COUNTRY mind you, in an attempt to save money. We shall see what will become of the city's newspaper if the customer service continues to be outsourced. I heard nothing but horror stories from customers I dealt with.
  • by Chris Location: Lexington on Jun 16, 2008 at 04:47 PM
    Truth hardly anyone subscribes to the Hearld Leader now. Sub rates are at all time lows for most all newspapers across the USA. I think it's because they had their liberal agendas for decades and now there are alternatives for people like me. I have refused to buy or read this paper for over ten years because of it's political endorsements, (edited). America don't need papers filled with bias, now they can watch NBC, CNN or CBS for liberal agenda garbage and don't have to read. For the other's we have our ways to get the correct report and we decide our beliefs with out the pounding of organizations such as the hearld liberal. For those loosing your jobs. I am sorry for you and your families and wish you the best. Consider leaving the hearld a blessing, I would.
  • by steve on Jun 16, 2008 at 03:05 PM
    Its going to be more than that before its over.
  • by Matt Location: Lexington KY on Jun 16, 2008 at 02:49 PM
    When laying off people why doesn't management get laid off. It's always the people who make the product and are paid the least are the first to get laid off. I say those make the big bucks should get the axe first!

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