Cincinnati Enquirer lays off five, including arts critic Janelle Gelfand

Posted on: September 21, 2017

“The sole arts critic for the Cincinnati Enquirer, covering classical music over two decades and adding visual arts in recent years, for a total of 26 years with the company, was laid off on Tuesday, along with four other newsroom employees at the Gannett-owned paper,” writes Susan Elliott in Wednesday’s (9/20) Musical America (subscription required). “Janelle Gelfand, one of the most respected arts writers in the business with a PhD in Piano and Musicology to go with it, was pink-slipped just two weeks before the reopening of Cincinnati’s famed Music Hall. She describes the grand unveiling, rightfully, as ‘one of the biggest arts events in our city in the last decade.’ … Gelfand has been following the story…. The day before she was fired, she was actually in the hall getting a personal tour of the hall with her editor…. The Enquirer had some two weeks’ worth of coverage planned and Janelle was spearheading it…. The other who lost their jobs: police reporter Chris Graves, features and entertainment reporter Shauna Steigerwald, suburban reporter Kelly McBride, and Dick Maloney, a Community Press planning editor. These are just the latest round of Gannett layoffs in Cincinnati,” following layoffs in 2013 and 2014.

Posted September 21, 2017