Provo Daily Herald lays off executive editor
The Provo Daily Herald has laid off executive editor Randy Wright after letting go nine other employees at the Utah County newspaper last week.
Wright, 58, confirmed Thursday he was the only one let go in a second round of cuts, the result of cost-cutting at the Lee Enterprises paper. Last week, the company laid off nine employees in various areas of the operation.
The paper's president and publisher, Rona Rahlf, declined to comment Thursday, saying only that it's "a matter of policy we don't respond to questions of an HR matter."
In a Daily Herald online story last week, it was noted that the company had reduced "cash costs" by 3.7 percent in the quarter ending Dec. 30, compared with the same period a year earlier. Davenport, Iowa-based Lee has fallen victim to declining ad revenue and falling circulation as readers have moved to digital news.
It was unknown if Wright would be permanently replaced or who would act as interim executive editor.
Wright, a Provo native, had been the newspaper's executive editor since 2002 and had worked at other papers, including the San Diego Union Tribune and Arizona Daily Star.