Media Moves

Biz writer Gerdel among those taking Plain Dealer buyout

October 18, 2006

Longtime Cleveland Plain Dealer business writer Tom Gerdel is among those on the editorial staff of the paper who is taking a buyout offer and leaving the paper, according to a story in Wednesday’s paper.

Plain DealerReporter Teresa Dixon Murray wrote, “The newspaper will definitely feel the loss of some of its veterans, [Editor Doug] Clifton said, particularly reporters who have been covering Greater Cleveland for decades.

“A perfect example, he said, is 43-year veteran business reporter Tom Gerdel, who covers manufacturing and has extensive knowledge about the business community. Clifton said Gerdel has built up ‘a Rolodex of names and a lifetime of trust.’

“‘You always hate to see institutional knowledge go,’ said Clifton, who became The Plain Dealer’s editor in 1999. ‘On the upside, a fresh eye is sometimes helpful.'”

Read more here. Gerdel was known for his coverage of manufacturing and the steel industry. In 2005, he was part of a team of Plain Dealer reporters who won a SABEW Best in Business award for breaking news. He was also part of teams from the Plain Dealer in 2001, 2002 and 2003 that won a SABEW Best in Business award for breaking news or spot news.

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