Navarrette Jr., the most widely syndicated Hispanic columnist in the
mainstream news media, is being laid off from his job as editorial
writer and columnist at the San Diego Union-Tribune,
columns will continue, however, Syndicated by
the Writers Group since 2002, Navarrette's column appears twice a
week and has 111 clients, Hill said. CNN.com will also continue to
publish a Navarrette column.
It runs weekly under a freelance contract and differs from the pieces
for the Washington Post Writers Group.
Navarrette told Journal-isms, "I'm going to keep doing what I'm
doing. I write 15,000 words a month," counting freelance columns
and speeches. He also appears weekly on National Public Radio.
he plans to continue to build "Ruben Navarrette Inc." but
was concerned about decreasing diversity at the Union-Tribune. His
2005 arrival, he said, meant the editorial board's 10 members
included an African American, a Latino and a woman. With his
departure, "everybody left on the editorial board is a white
layoff of is part of a restructuring of the paper, which was sold by the Copley family last year to the Beverly Hills private equity firm Platinum Equity.Among others reported among the layoffs is
a black journalist who has written for the Union-Tribune or the old
San Diego Tribune at least since 1983.
making changes, beginning today, to build a different kind of
newsroom at the Union-Tribune, one that can thrive in an environment
of efficiency, fast change and multimedia demand," Editor Jeff
Light told readers Thursday evening in a note on the paper's
frequently about immigration issues and has been critical of
In a 3,000-word
piece for Latino Magazine, Navarette said:
making it my personal mission — in my columns, speeches, radio and
TV commentary," he wrote, "to ask my fellow Latinos: How’s
that hope and change working for you? And, for many, the answer is:
'Not so good.'
". . . Add
up that report card, and you can see, Mr. President, why many Latinos
take the view that you’ve been a better-than-average president as
far as their community and its issues are concerned. And yet, at the
same time, you haven’t been nearly as good as advertised. There is
still time to be better."