A Dozen Layoffs At The Kansas City Star

In a triple-whammy of sadness yesterday, the Kansas City Star cut 12 people, eliminated the same number of unfilled positions, and announced a week-long furlough, the paper reported on itself.

We hear that about four of these employees were in editorial, including “highly respected” assistant business editor Donna Vestal.

This is the second round of layoffs for the McClatchy-owned Star since the beginning of 2010; the first job cuts came with raises for the survivors. And in 2009, the paper cut about 150 jobs as part of the company-wide initiative to pare down employees by about 15 percent.

Star publisher Mark Zieman, told employees via e-mail that the cuts were “difficult and discouraging, especially as economic conditions appear to be easing.”