Dozens of UC-Berkeley students occupied a campus office building Friday and thousands demonstrated outside over a student fee hike, but the AP had to cover it without its Berkeley bureau reporter Michelle Locke.
Locke, a 24-year veteran of AP, was laid off this week, according to Erin Carlson of Silicon Valley Insider.
The 8th Ld-writethru of the protest story at 9:29 p.m. Friday had no byline.
AP said it laid off 90 news employees worldwide this week to reach its goal of cutting annual payroll costs by 10%.
Gawker has been putting together a layoff list with tips pouring in from across the country. One Gawker tipster wrote: "The national desk was simply eliminated."
One of Locke's specialties was coverage of the wine industry, and her loss was quickly noted by others.