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Chronicle begins newsroom layoffs

The Chron began laying off editorial employees today, and is expected to eliminate up to 30 jobs in the latest round of staffing cuts, the San Francisco Business Times reports.

The Times quoted sources as saying the layoffs began at 1:30 p.m., and among those shown the door were John Koopman, Jonathan Curiel, Susan Sward, Tyche Hendricks, Deborah Gage, Verne Kopytoff, Chris Heredia, Jim Doyle and Jane Kay.

Approximately eight to 10 of the cuts are from the Chronicle’s metro desk, one source told the Business Times.

KGO-TV said about 20 employees were laid off today and more will be fired on Friday.

“It’s like being punched in the stomach to see your best friends, who are so talented, out of work in this job climate,” reporter Carolyn Jones told Channel 7.

Jones was not laid off, but according to the Media Guild, the Chronicle’s list included 10 reporters from the Metro, Business, Datebook and East Bay sections.

“This is an expected move. It’s tragic that the news business needs to get rid of its core assets,” said Carl Hall, a Media Guild representative and a longtime Chronicle reporter who took a buyout last month. Hall said the Guild would have a statement on the layoffs once they are complete.

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