Critic Donald Rosenberg among layoffs at Cleveland Plain Dealer

Franz Welser-Most conducting the Cleveland Orchestra at the Renee and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa in 2012.
(Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times)

The Cleveland Plain Dealer laid off one-third of its newsroom staff on Wednesday, and among those to go was Donald Rosenberg, the newspaper’s former senior music critic who was reassigned from his post in 2008 and waged an unsuccessful lawsuit against his employer.

Rosenberg most recently covered dance and other arts for the newspaper, writing reported pieces as well as some reviews. He confirmed his departure from the Plain Dealer by phone.

His legal clash with the Plain Dealer two years ago stemmed from a number of highly critical articles that he wrote aimed at the Cleveland Orchestra and its music director, Franz Welser-Möst. The writer was reassigned from his beat in 2008 and he later filed suit against the newspaper and the orchestra, claiming age discrimination among other things.

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A jury ultimately ruled against Rosenberg on all of his claims. The newspaper assigned another writer, Zachary Lewis, to cover the Cleveland Orchestra.


The Plain Dealer also announced on Wednesday that it would reduce its home delivery to Wednesday through Sunday, though a print edition will continue to be published on a daily basis.

Steven Litt, the Plain Dealer’s art and architecture critic, was not among those laid off on Wednesday.


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