Just when you think the Los Angeles Times can't stoop any lower…they fire their climate change reporter while she's on a story in the Arctic. Yes, while camping in the snow. Believe it or don't.
It was a strange place to get an email with the news of my lay-off: An Alaska field station 150 miles north of the Arctic Circle where the sun doesn’t set in July. I was about to get on a helicopter (thanks to a two-week science journalism grant) with biologists who study how arctic fire is changing earth’s climate. Been sleeping in a cold tent, fending off mosquito swarms and happily roaming over moss-green tundra, the lavender peaks of the Brooks Range in the distance.
She was one of a dozen or so staffers laid off, including virtually the entire remaining book staff, and Mark Heisler, who had been covering the NBA for the paper for the last twenty-five years, and was widely considered the best writer on the Association.
Unbelieveable. Nice graphic from The Wrap, though: