San Diego Paper’s Ombud Lubrano Takes Buyout, Retires

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By: E&P Staff

The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Reader Representative Gina Lubrano bade farewell to readers in a column in that paper Monday, after 15 years as ombudsman and 37 years working for Copley.

Lubrano told readers that she had accepted a buyout offer from the paper, which was exercised by 67 employees at the paper with 30 years or more service at the company.

In her final column, Lubrano reflected on the declining state of newspapers’ circulation and ad revenue, as well as the current wave of cutbacks that hit her newsroom as well as those across the country. She noted that newspaper cuts in the past five years around the country are estimated to have affected as many as 34,000 people.

“It has been a privilege to work for first The San Diego Union and then its successor, The San Diego Union-Tribune,” writes Lubrano in her final column. “It especially has been a privilege to talk with readers and to communicate with you as you expressed your disappointment when the paper faltered, your enthusiasm when we did well.”

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