Len Wood Quits, Two Others Fired

News-Press Photo Chief Steps Down as Life Editor and Sports Stringer Canned

Wednesday, September 13, 2006
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Veteran News-Press photo chief Len Wood has given notice and two other newsroom staffers have been fired, including Life editor Andrea Huebner.

Huebner was fired for allowing Dr. Michael Seabaugh’s column criticizing fellow columnist Laura Schlessinger to appear, according to sources. The News-Press ran an apology to “Dr.” Laura for Seabaugh’s comments. We also understand that Dr. Seabaugh has resigned as a result.

Wood and Huebner were the last remaining editors of those on the job when the newsroom meltdown began over two months ago. Along with the firing of Colby Frazier, a former sports stringer recently promoted to metro reporter, this brings the total of departed staff to 22.

Wood gave notice Monday, a day after the News-Press published part-time photog Ana Fuentesemotional commentary in which she blamed her supervisors for not doing enough about Todd’s alleged threat to her. Todd says it was all a joke. Meanwhile, the injunction the N-P seeks against him is still pending.

Huebner was promoted to the Life job after the paper laid off longtime editor Gary Robb a few months ago. Frazier was considered pro-union while Huebner, who was not eligible to vote in the upcoming union election, was thought to be neutral.

In the countdown to the scheduled September 27 vote on the newsroom affiliating with the Teamsters’ union, every vote counts and considerable jockeying has been going on. In the ongoing drama on the second floor at De la Guerra Plaza, the question is who will be named to Huebner’s position.

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