EXCLUSIVE: Inky Re-Hires Laid-Off Sports Columnist

tierneyslist.thumbnail.jpgPhawker has learned that Inquirer sports columnist David Aldridge, one of the people axed from the paper’s roster in two rounds of layoffs earlier this month, is now BACK on the job. He will resume his columnist duties for the next Villanova game. Aldridge, who is African American, was NOT one of the signers of a letter sent to the Inquirer ownership from the National Association of Black Journalists pointing out that a disproportionate percentage of the employees laid off were minorities. Owner Brian Tierney responded through spokesman Jay Devine that the company’s hands were tied by the seniority provision of the contract which the Newspaper Guild adamantly refused to budge on. DEVELOPING…

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