Saturday, April 11, 2009

Dave Albee laid off, face of IJ sports section

Sports Editor Dave Albee begins his column in today's Marin Independent Journal by reporting that he has been laid off by the MediaNews Group paper.
    After nearly 36 years in this business and more than 22 years at this newspaper as a sports columnist, senior writer and, lastly, sports editor, I have been told my full-time services are no longer needed. I will continue to blog on the Marin IJ's Web site and intend to launch my own site ( to provide commentary and offer freelance work. Though the decision to lay me off is surprising, I trust it will open new doors and exciting prospects. It will allow me to spend more time with my family .
He also says:
    It's been a great ride at the IJ and I appreciate the opportunities that this paper and Gannett, its previous owner, afforded me.
Albee is seen above interviewing Robin Williams during a gala in Sausalito for the 2008 Tour of California cycling race. (Photo by Bob Cullinan via the IJ Web site.)


Anonymous said...

Wonder how many other IJ staffers lost their jobs in this round?

Carl Kotala said...

Having worked with Dave in Marin for a number of years, I can tell you this is a sad, sad day. Nobody worked harder than Dave, and few had his passion for the business. On top of that, he's a class act. Again, it's a sad, sad day.