Steve Daley

The author of the greatest sorry-to-see-our-downsized-colleague-go letter has died

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Former Chicago Tribune journalist (and occasional Romenesko Letters contributor) Steve Daley died Sunday of unknown causes. He was 62. “Daley could do sports, Daley could do politics, Daley could do media criticism,” says Chicago Sun-Times columnist Carol Marin. “He could make you laugh, and he could make you cry. But he always told you a great story.” In 2009, he wrote a hilarious fill-in-the-blanks letter for newsroom bosses who have to come up with yet another farewell to a downsized employee.

FROM: The Executive Editor

TO: All

As you may have heard (in the newsroom; at Caribou Coffee; on somebody’s blog), John P. Zenger will be leaving his role as (chief investigative reporter; TV critic; ombudsman) at this newspaper.

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