'Recession Diarist' Laid Off : Planet Money The author of the Chicago Tribune's Recession Diaries becomes a statistic.
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'Recession Diarist' Laid Off

Lou Carlozo thought he was being pretty nimble at a time the economy was wreaking havoc on his employer and the larger world. The veteran Chicago Tribune arts reporter was asked by editors to chronicle how the recession affected families in his region. In recent months, he blogged under "The Recession Diaries" about his own family's pocketbook concerns.

On Wednesday, the Tribune laid him off. And, according to a piece he wrote for a blog called True/Slant to which he contributes, the Trib told him to pull an account he had put online of the firing, part of wider job losses there. I heard about it from a friend who saw a Facebook posting yesterday -- so the news was already out.

Also on Wednesday, the parent Tribune Co., which has bankruptcy protection, asked the court to allow it to award more than $13 million in bonuses to 700 execuives, director and managers. (The top 10 execs would not be included.)

We've asked Gerould Kern, the editor of the Chicago Tribune, for comment, and we'll let you know what he says.