Newspaper Editor's Wife Laid Off [UPDATED, CORRECTION]

Peter Bhatia
Peter Bhatia

Last week the editor and publisher of The Oregonian announced brutal cuts: Almost 100 of the Portland daily newspaper's 650 employees would be laid off. The newsroom, in particular, was decimated; nearly 1 in 4 editorial staffers would be jobless by Sept. 27.

But that may not have been the most surprising part. It was that Oregonian Editor Peter Bhatia's wife Liz Dahl, was laid off, too. "That's got to make for some awkward dinner conversations," The New York Observer noted.

UPDATE AND CORRECTION, June 29: Bhatia sent an email late Friday to AOL, stressing that he didn't make the decision to lay off his wife, as this story originally reported, citing The New York Observer. Bhatia wrote:

"I did not lay off my wife. I run the news staff and handled those layoffs. My wife works at the paper but is on the editorial staff and does not work for me."