Leslie Turk

Advocate's Acadiana bureau loses one employee

by Leslie Turk

The Advocate’s Acadiana bureau didn’t entirely escape yesterday’s round of layoffs, but it appears that the bureau will keep turning out stories of interest to this area. The INDsider has confirmed only one cut was made in the local bureau, which is manned by seven full-time employees. Margaret Anderson, the office manager and receptionist for more than three decades, is among the 49 employees laid off yesterday.

The paper announced Wednesday that the layoffs would be felt in every department, involving full-time and part-time employees.

In an e-mail response, Executive Editor Carl Redman said the paper would have no additional comment on the layoffs.

WAFB is reporting that artist David Norwood and business writer Chris Gautreau are also among the cuts — and that nearly a third of those who got their walking papers may be directly connected to news coverage. Read that story here.