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Posted by The Dean of Cincinnati
CityBeat has laid off Kevin Osborne. This is terrible news. Kevin Osborne provided some of the best political reporting in Cincinnati. I remember, one afternoon standing outside a Kroger with a fresh copy of CityBeat, when an elderly woman stopped me to remark that she reads CityBeat because the Enquirer is totally useless—and I marveled at the notion that elderly women read CityBeat. I think that speaks to the appeal of writers like Osborne. He provided real news that was interesting to anyone and everyone, from college students to retired people. With Osborne, you always knew where he stood. You knew his perspective, which was refreshing for its honesty, but at the same time he still knew how to get at the real details of a story. And now, presumably due to a desire to save money, CityBeat has gotten rid of a good writer. I used to appreciate CityBeat for managing to keep bringing us that kind of work. Now I have one less reason to bother with them. Sad day for Cincinnati news. I know how stressful and disorienting it can be to get laid off. My thoughts are with Kevin as he figures out what’s next.
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