Longtime business columnist Maria Saporta is taking the AJC buyout, according to the Atlanta Press Club.
To my mind, this is a big blow to the paper. Saporta, who's cultivated links with the business community for more than two decades and who's dad was a well-known and well-liked Atlanta architect, understands the business, civic and political circles of this community like no one else at the AJC.
As I understand it, the AJC doesn't have to accept her application for the buyout, but I suspect it will let her go.
Today's the last day for employees who've worked at the paper for at least five years to apply for the buyout, as the AJC tries to reduce its edit and sales work force by 185 people. If there aren't enough buyouts, the paper will likely resort to layoffs.
I'll try to get more on this.
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I hope whoever replaces him has as good a mustache as his.