With the economy's recovery a huge story, USA Today is losing its two-person economics reporting team in the Money section: Barbara Hagenbaugh gave notice today, I've been told, and Sue Kirchhoff announced plans to leave last week. Their departures would follow those of at least three other beat reporters at the flagship: politics reporter Jill Lawrence's last day is today, I'm told. Plus, blogger Mark Memmott left last week. And healthcare industry reporter Julie Appleby left last month.
"Think any of them will be replaced?" a waggish tipster asks, before supplying the answer: not likely.
Plus, of course, Publisher Craig Moon's last day is tomorrow; no replacement has been announced. Also, it's been more than two months since top Editor Ken Paulson quit for a Freedom Forum job. His permanent replacement hasn't been named, either.