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Times-Picayune cuts include Minneapolis writer

Posted by: Neal Justin under Behind the scenes, Minnesota authors Updated: June 12, 2012 - 12:04 PM

The severe cuts at the New Orleans Times-Picayune Tuesday include a local connection.

Brett Anderson, a former music critic for Minneapolis's alternative press and the son of former Gov. Wendell Anderson, was told along with nearly half of the paper's staff that his services are no longer needed.

Starting in the fall, The Times-Picayune will only print three times a week, focusing primary attention on the digital format. Anderson's firing was somewhat of a surprise. Not only is he a James Beard award winner, but the website is expected to revolve around food, entertainment and sports.

Anderson had his roots in mind when he tweeted Tuesday morning that the song of the day might be "Goddamn Job," by Minnesota's own The Replacements.

"Looks like I picked the right song," he tweeted later after being told of his cut.

Reporters at the paper are saying the cuts are much deeper than they expected.

Anderson does have some breathing room. He was recently selected as a Neiman scholar, which will allow him to study at Harvard University for a year.

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