This morning started with multiple tips about well-known Courier-Journal Metro reporter Marcus Green leaving for WDRB TV.
What we didn’t know then was that longtime CJ reporter Jason Riley is joining Green as part of a new 3-reporter online reporting team at WDRB.
During his tenure, Riley covered a number of high-profile stories including the Savannah Dietrich sexual assault case, a story that went national. In 2011, Dietrich defied a judge and publicly identified two Trinity High School athletes she accused of sexually assaulting her after she passed out, then posting photos of the incident on the Internet.
Nancy Trafton, director of Marketing for the Courier-Journal, returned our calls from earlier today to confirm Riley and Green are leaving, adding that the newspaper will replace them with the best available talent.
Trafton said their exits and the departure of a number of other CJ reporters are “a case of opportunities coming along and people taking opportunities that best fit their needs. And we’ll get the best journalists available to replace them ….”
Trafton also forwarded this statement:
The Courier-Journal confirmed today that two reporters, Marcus Green and Jason Riley, are leaving The Courier-Journal. Green was the newspaper’s Growth & Development reporter, and Riley covered local courts.
Both will be replaced, according to Managing Editor Jean Porter.
“The Courier-Journal employs and hires the best journalists and develop their skills on the job,” said Wes Jackson, president and Publisher of the Courier-Journal. “Like any business, people move on to other positions; other companies, for a variety of reasons. We will fill these positions with great journalists and continue to provide the region’s best coverage as the leading source of local news and information for Louisville online and in print.”
During the last year, the newspaper, part of the McLean, Va.-based Gannett Co. Inc. chain, has lost a number of journalists to media outlets, to the public sector and to private sector marketing and media relations firms.
Dan Klepal left last December to join the Atlanta-Constitution, and Mark Schaver took one of four investigative reporting positions at Louisville Public Media’s new Center for Investigative Reporting.
Jessie Halladay now works for Jefferson County Attorney Mike O’Connell, and Chris Otts works for Kentuckiana Works.
Finally, Buzz celebrity reporter Christa Ritchie is leaving for a media position with the Greater Louisville Convention and Visitors Bureau.