Phil Luciano

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The future of local newspapers looks bleak, but one local journalist says the advent of the Internet isn’t the only factor to blame.

Peoria Journal Star columnist Phil Luciano was featured in a Sunday special section of the New York Times focused on the future of print journalism.

Peoria Journal Star Sees More News Staff Cuts

Sep 7, 2018
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Gatehouse, the parent company of the Peoria Journal Star terminated five more people Friday.

It’s the last day at the Journal Star for Chris Kaergard, Shannon Countryman, Thomas Bruch, and Aaron Ferguson. Wes Huett will be terminated Sept. 21. This staff reduction constitutes about 20-percent of the Peoria Journal Star’s newsroom and included people with 15-years of seniority.

Sports editor and long-time writer Kirk Wessler also took a buyout option. That leaves the paper with no sports editor, no city editor, and no opinion page editor.