The Oregonian newspaper laid off 37 employees on Wednesday.
According to a report on the paper's web site, the majority of the layoffs were in the news department, with smaller numbers in advertising, circulation and accounting. The Oregonian announcement did not name those affected, but the Portland Mercury web site and Oregon Media Central reported that longtime columnist Margie Boule, Food editor Karen Brooksa, and A&E editor Shawn Vitt were among those laid off.
The report stated that staffers were warned of the likely layoffs last year and that severance packages were offered.
The remaining staff now numbers 750 with more than 200 in the news department according to the paper.
“These layoffs are a painful but necessary part of our 2010 budget, which was developed to ensure financial stability for The Oregonian now and in the future,” said Christian Anderson III in the online report.