Waco: Tribune-Herald Lays Off Editor, 10 Others

By: Rachel Cox Email
By: Rachel Cox Email

WACO (June 24, 2011)—The Waco Tribune-Herald announced Friday it has laid off 11 people including Editor Carlos Sanchez.

Eight full time and three part time positions were eliminated in the clerical and marketing departments.

Sanchez had been at the newspaper for almost ten years.

Publisher Donnis Baggett will now take on the added role as editor.

On Friday Baggett said the move was made to keep the paper financially strong even though the advertising climate is relatively soft.

"Its ironic in a way that our growth is one of the reasons we have had to become more efficient,” he said.

“We're printing more newspapers which means higher printing costs and higher distribution costs and on top of that energy costs have gone up.”

Currently 140 people are employed at the Waco Tribune-Herald.

Baggett says he doesn't foresee any more layoffs in the near future.

The newspaper, which had not been locally owned since 1976 when Atlanta-based Cox Enterprises purchased it, was sold in 2009 to businessman Clifton Robinson of Waco and his son, Gordon.

The paper's roots date back to 1897 when the Waco Daily Times-Herald was first published.

In 1899, that paper was combined with the Waco Daily Telephone to become the Waco Times-Herald and Telephone.

That paper later absorbed the Daily Chronicle.

E.S. Fentress and Charles E. Marsh, who published the Waco News-Tribune, purchased the Times-Herald in 1927 and published it as the Tribune-Herald until Cox purchased the newspaper nearly a half century later.

In 1994, the paper and reporters Mark England and Darlene McCormick, were nominated finalists for a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting for a series of stories on allegations of abuse and other criminal acts by Branch Davidians led by what the paper called "The Sinful Messiah," David Koresh.

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