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More layoffs at Las Vegas Sun

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Tierra, Dec 1, 2009.

  1. Tierra

    Tierra New Member

    Hearing that Las Vegas Sun columnist Ron Kantowski and UNLV basketball writer Rob Miech were let go today.

    Kantowski was with the Sun for decades, including a few years as SE, and was a great and creative voice in Vegas' sports world. Miech, a former SportsLine college hoops writer, did a great job covering UNLV basketball, really gave some perspective to what had, in the past, been a very small-minded, narrowly-focused beat.
  2. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    So they are cutting sports coverage all together? They must be if they are cutting their UNLV writer and columnist.
  3. Rufino

    Rufino Active Member

    I hate to hear about this. Both guys did an excellent job. The Sun has been a good read despite their limited resources, but it sounds like they're out of gas.
  4. Shaggy

    Shaggy Guest

    They hired a giant online staff about a year ago. I'm sure they still have people to cover UNLV.
  5. MrMojave

    MrMojave Member

    One of their high-priced consultant's golden children will probably stay on board to handle UNLV athletics. He's a decent reporter, but lacks the depth of knowledge and perspective that Miech had.

    Boxing and betting writer Jeff Haney was also let go, from what I heard.
  6. Herbert Anchovy

    Herbert Anchovy Active Member

    Kantowski is without peer in that market.
  7. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    Miech used to work out here at Pasadena and San Gabriel before Singleton wrecked them. Worked his ass off and really knew his stuff.
    Rob, if you're listening, best of luck with whatever your future holds.
  8. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    The fact they let Kantowski and Miech go tells you all you need to know about our dying business. Obviously the higher salaried sports guys were replaced for no reason except money. The loss of top quality writers means nothing to the Sun obviously. It's obvious they think anybody can cover sports. Getting warm bodies cheap is obviously the norm now. Kantowski was Las Vegas. This Miech guy was so good it's scary. Hopefully the other newspaper will hire these 2 guys. That should be a no brainer.
  9. donnie23

    donnie23 Member

    Kantowski, Miech, Haney, Steve Silver ... they gutted sports. Five years ago, this was an APSE Top 10 section. Now it doesn't exist.

    More than 20 lost their jobs overall, and it wasn't that large of a newsroom.
  10. Fredrick

    Fredrick Well-Known Member

    OM gosh. Haney is an incredible incredible writer as well. So this newspaper did not value loyalty a bit in Kantowsky's decades of service or quality in terms of these 3 all being outstanding. How can anybody explain this?? What a hit.
  11. Editude

    Editude Active Member

    Worked with Rob many lifetimes ago, when we were both young and underpaid. He was quite a character. I hope he lands on his feet.
  12. GBNF

    GBNF Active Member

    What an absolute joke. A travesty.

    Ron was absolutely awesome to me when I was in Vegas, and Rob was equally cool.

    I'm shocked to hear this, and quite disgusted.
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