Sources at The News & Observer today confirmed that approximately 10 percent of newsroom staffers have accepted buyout offers and will depart the paper in early October.
Among them is Samiha Khanna, who covers Durham County and its school system; Matt Dees, a former Durham city reporter who was recently transferred to the Orange County bureau; and Cheryl Johnston Sadgrove, who covers Orange County government. Until the newsroom is reorganized to adjust for these losses, that leaves one Orange County and four Durham reporters.
The Indy is still confirming the names of other departing editorial staffers at this time. So far, approximately 16 staffers are said to have taken the offer — the hope is that number will be enough to prevent
layoffs this week.
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