The latest Hartford Courant layoffs were announced last night – political reporter Mark Pazniokas is among those cut from the newspaper. We’ve been told these names as well – please correct us if we have anything wrong: Jesse Hamilton of the Washington bureau, Religion Reporter Elizabeth Hamilton, Business Reporter Robin Stansbury, Environment Reporter David Funkhouser, reporters Steve Grant and Anna Marie Somma, sportswriter Matt Eagan, itowns editor Loretta Waldman, itowns reporter Nancy Lastrina, administrative assistant Judy Prato, Marge Ruschau, Features copy editors Adele Angle and David Wakefield, and library staffer & researcher Owen Walker.
We’re told that editor/reporter Kate Farrish resigned earlier this week as did editor John Ferraro.
Denis Horgan is calling it the Mardi Gras Massacre.
Paul Bass has more in the New Haven Independent.
From an insider: Investigative editor John Ferraro guided and edited the two series that won back-to-back Sevellon Brown Public Service Awards from the New England Associated Press News Executives Association, a highly prestigious award the Courant received in 2008 for “No Haven for the Elderly”–an investigative series by Lisa Chedekel and Lynne Tuohy on Haven Healthcare, and in 2007 for “Unfit to Fight,” the series by Lisa Chedekel and Matt Kauffman on soldiers with mental and emotional defects that were redeployed to Iraq.
Mark Pazniokas was awarded “Reporter of the Year” at the Courant’s last in-house Warner Awards in March 2008, in addition to numerous other awards he’s received over the years for his political coverage.