Last week, St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Mike Faulk put in his notice, saying he'll be moving back to Washington state after a high-profile stint at the daily that included being arrested covering protests last September.
But yesterday, the paper sped things up — they laid him off.
I was laid off today. There's a chance I could be saved through the buyout process. I'm really proud of my most recent work on air ambulances and I'm happy for the families whose massive bills were overturned. #journalismmatters— Samantha Liss (@samanthann) June 19, 2018
Depressing for @stltoday. Sam's stories make a difference. Her recent work on Mo. residents getting slammed w/ huge air ambulance bills has moved federal & state lawmakers to action https://t.co/PRmwzUNOTQ Hopefully her job will be saved in a buyout. If not hire her, she's great https://t.co/TEl7KADpm5— David Carson (@PDPJ) June 19, 2018
Crushed to hear this. Samantha Liss has been doing valuable work in a crucial area of coverage. https://t.co/ZJU9iwJbZq— Staci D Kramer (@sdkstl) June 19, 2018
I put in my resignation last week. Today I was laid off and it was, you know, unexpected.— Mike Faulk (@Mike_Faulk) June 19, 2018
So today was my last day as a Post-Dispatch reporter, two weeks early.
Hey, the rest of the 21st Century begins tomorrow.
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