Among those listed as taking buyouts at the ever-downsizing Los Angeles Times is former Seattle Times columnist Terry McDermott. For the last decade he's been a special-assignment writer doing thoughtful, in-depth reports for the LAT. One of them, a four-part series called "Chasing Memory," this year won the Wistar Institute Science Journalism Award.
Terry, who told me in an e-mail awhile back he was agonizing over the staff cuts in LA, would join a small army of departing LATimesers, more than a few of them Pulitzer winners, leaving because they want to or have to - a malaise now familiar to print journalists globally.
Also on the LA departure list is former P-I reporter Evelyn Iritani, a Pulitzer winner who has been covering the PacRim for the Times. Not on the list are former SeaTimes reporter Teresa Watanabe, a LAT social issues writer, and of course the beloved and beloathed LAT sports columnist Bill Plaschke, onetime P-I sportswriter who left town and several unpaid bar tabs back in '87.