Layoffs hit Plain Dealer business desk

Layoffs at the Cleveland Plain Dealer have affected the paper’s business news desk, reports Sam Allard of the Cleveland Scene.

Allard reports that the business news desk has lost the following staffers:

  • Jordyn Grzelewski, recently named one of the state’s best business writers by the Associated Press Media Editors, who wrote the obituary for her former paper, The Youngstown Vindicator, and uncovered issues of housing inequality in Cleveland.
  • Teresa Dixon Murray who has given solid, and sometimes chiding, financial advice to Greater Clevelanders in her Money Matters column. She was a watchdog for readers, helping them in real, tangible ways, including getting to the bottom of a surge in Verizon data usage that affected thousands of customers.
  • OIivera Perkins, a national award-winning business reporter, who covered labor and employment. In 2010, she chronicled the effort Hugo Boss employees mounted to save their plant. Last year, her Pathways to Prosperity series with Patick O’Donnell highlighted potential solutions for connecting education to job prosperity.

Read more here. Remaining on the business news desk are real estate reporter Michelle Jarboe and business editor Mary Lou Brink.

The cuts also include Melodie Smith, a former copy editor who has been an assistant business editor since last year.