The Oregonian laid off an editor with cancer – and pink-slipped his wife, too


From Willamette Week’s cover story on the changes at the Oregonian:

Several of [editor Peter] Bhatia’s [layoff] decisions struck many in the newsroom as heartless. Among them: He laid off a husband and wife, veteran editors Randy Cox and Joany Carlin, despite knowing Cox is fighting advanced kidney cancer.

Cox and Carlin declined to comment. Bhatia says the decisions were gut-wrenching. “Our newsroom is a family of outstanding journalists and people,” he says. “I agonized over every decision.”

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