By TER Staff
The Enterprise Report has learned that three LA based west-coast correspondents for ABC News will be let go in a company wide downsizing announced earlier this month by ABC News President David Westin.
Correspondents Brian Rooney, Lisa Fletcher and Laura Marquez have all been told that their services will no longer be needed by the network.
Rooney, who has worked for the network for over two decades, sent an email to other staffers in Los Angeles (see below) about his fate directly and expressed his deep personal feelings about the changes for him, his counterparts and the news business itself.A forth LA based ABC News reporter Mike Von Fremd, who according to sources has a "no cut" contract will continue at ABC News working with 'Good Morning America' until his contract expires in roughly a year and half. Fletcher recently joined ABC News in December of 2007.
UPDATE: 12:46P PSTSources inside ABC tell TER that San Francisco based correspondent Laura Marquez was also informed she was being let go this morning.
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I have not survived the reorganization. I cannot tell you the depth of my emotion at this time. I am having difficulty as I write. I have yet to tell my children but at the moment my thoughts are of all of you and the time we have had together.
And you have done it with such grace and humor even in the worst of times. You have all done so much for me, far beyond my ability to thank you. I have been steadily employed as a reporter for 35 years, and it seems to have all passed in a blink.I don’t know what the future holds, but I hope someone will pay me to continue being a pain in the ass. A funny anchorman I knew in Chicago used to say, “One day we will all be justifiably fired, but for the wrong reason.” My time has come.