The Chicago Tribune has dropped from 15 staffers covering the Olympics in 2000 to 9 in Beijing to 5 in London this year. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Times, another Tribune paper, sent 13 staffers at the London Olympics.
USA Today tells Ed Sherman that it has 48 reporters/editors in London and about 20 photographers.
The St. Paul Pioneer-Press decided not to send anyone to the summer games, while rival Star Tribune has two writers and a photographer in London.
“The Philadelphia Daily News and Inquirer initially decided skip the trip to London,” reports Sherman. “They returned the five credentials issued to the papers. However, at the last minute, the editors decided to send Phil Sheridan.”