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Five Newsroom Vets Leave The Sun

November 28, 2012
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Four longtime Sun reporters have agreed to buyouts, according to dcrtv.com, joining assistant business editor Hope Keller, who left earlier this month. All told, it’s a significant loss of veteran talent for the newsroom.

Among the departing are technology reporter Gus Sentementes, local news reporter Mary Gail Hare, a 24-year vet, sports reporter Sandra McKee, and longtime film critic/recent copy editor Michael Sragow.

We had already heard about Sentementes, whose last day will be Friday. He’s taking a job at The Johns Hopkins University, working on social media strategy. The rest are all significant losses, but its hard to feel anything but relief for Sragow. He worked for years in Rolling Stone‘s LA bureau – where he had a role in getting Barry Levinson’s Diner released long before he ever came to Baltimore – and also wrote for The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He did a great job as The Sun‘s film critic, but in its infinite lack of wisdom, the owner-bosses at The Tribune Company started piping in its reviews from the home office, leaving Sragow without much of a beat. He got by on the occasional feature and local story until last year, when he was moved to the Copy Desk in a cost-saving/pathetic move.

Here’s hoping Sragow, a thoroughly good guy – and the rest of the departing – move on to happy places in the near future.