Tennessean newsroom layoffs begin [updated]

The newsroom layoffs announced earlier this month hit The Tennessean today. Multiple sources have confirmed that, among others, long-time sports columnist Joe Biddle and long-time city editor Jerry Manley are among those let go. Peter Cooper, considered the dean of the Nashville music press, was cut to part-time.

A full list follows and will be updated as the cuts are confirmed:

• Nicole Keiper, features
• Jenny Upchurch, local columnist
• Joe Biddle, sports columnist
• Jennifer Brooks, Metro
• Ellen Margulies, features
• Peter Cooper, music
• Liz Sharer, letters editor
• Brenda Squires, Williamson AM
• Bryan Mullen, sports
• Heidi Hoffman, photographer
• Jerry Manley, night city editor
• Lee Ann Overstreet, Davidson AM
• Heather Byrd, Metromix editor


Newsman Chris Echegaray was also let go.