Merry Christmas, Mayor Daley
December 11, 2007 12:02 PM Subscribe
Last week, the Chicago Reader laid off four of its best journalists:
John Conroy (previously)
, Harold Henderson, Tori Marlan, and Steve Bogira. The cuts almost certainly mark the beginning of the end of the paper's role in Chicago as an investigative force and a corruption watchdog. The New York Times responds
with a salute to Conroy and a defense of muckraking's relevance.
Conroy made his name through years of ceaseless investigation into police torture. For the time being, the Reader retains a full online archive
of that work.
Henderson's Reader blog
(which proclaims him "The World's First Blogger"
) also remains online.
Marlan's work includes the post mortems "Death of a Scientologist"
and "Killed by a Cop Car."
Bogira is the author of the remarkable Courtroom 302,
which HBO is developing as a miniseries.