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The Hudson Reporter, which operates a chain of eight weekly newspapers in Hudson County, has laid off nearly all of their reporters, the New Jersey Globe has learned.
Three of the newspaper’s five reporters, along with two of three layout staff and a part-time onsite technology employee were laid off, including prominent political reporter Al Sullivan.
The loss of Sullivan, a longtime fixture on the political scene, continues a recent loss of institutional knowledge of Hudson County politics that included the retirement of Jersey Journal legend Augie Torres and the departure of Terrence McDonald, who left the Journal to cover Bergen County for The (Bergen) Record.
The Globe was first to report in May 2018 that the newspaper had been sold. The acquisition by the Newspaper Media Group was announced five weeks later.”
Editor Kate Rounds did not immediately respond to a 2:37 PM call seeking comment.
“The decision to purchase the Hudson Reporter was an easy one,” Newspaper Media Group Owner & CEO Richard Donnelly said last year. “The award-winning publications fit perfectly into our successful business model of community newspapers. Pooling resources and talent will ensure an even greater success story down the road.
The group of newspapers include the Bayonne Community News, The Hoboken Reporter, The Jersey City Reporter, The North Bergen Reporter, The Secaucus Reporter, The Weehawken Reporter, The West New York Reporter and The Union City Reporter.
The chain was started by real estate developer Joe Barry in 1983. He later sold it to Lucha Malato and David Unger; they added the Bayonne Community News in 2004 to a group that now publishes in Jersey City, Hoboken, North Bergen, Secaucus, Union City, Weehawken and West New York.
Their office on a prime corner of Hoboken was sold in 2016 and the company has been operating out of Bayonne.