Watertown Daily Times closes Washington Bureau

The Watertown Daily Times — the smallest paper in the country with a full-time Washington bureau — is closing that one-man office on March 30. Bureau chief Marc Heller tells friends and colleagues: “I have nothing but gratitude for the newspaper and the generations of Johnson family members — also Columbia alums — who’ve owned it and run it in the old-fashioned tradition of an editorially-driven, independent newspaper.”

From: Bert Gault
Sent: Wednesday, February 29, 2012 3:27 PM
To: [Staff list]
Subject: Washington bureau

Because of continuing financial pressure, we have decided to close the Washington bureau, with the target date being the end of March. Bob has been working with Marc for several months now to make this cutback as painless as possible. Unfortunately, word of the closing got out before we were prepared to announce it, and an item has appeared this afternoon on Politico.com. Bob will post an announcement on our website momentarily, and we will publish the information in Thursday’s issue.

Bert Gault
EXECUTIVE EDITOR
WATERTOWN DAILY TIMES
260 WASHINGTON ST.
WATERTOWN, NY 13601

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