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News-Press Fires Six Employees

Employees who were fired from the Santa Barbara News-Press this week — joined by other dismissed reporters, union reps, and supporters — held a press conference on Feb. 6, 2007, in De La Guerra Plaza. KCSB reporters Harry Lawton, Iris Hanu, and Cathy Murillo recorded the press conference statements and interviews after the event. Order of speakers: Dawn Hobbs, Tom Schultz, Melissa Evans, John Zant, Melinda Burns, attorney Ira Gottlieb (questioned at one point by TV reporter Matt Cota), Tom Schultz again, Dawn Hobbs closing. Interviews: SB City Councilmember Brian Barnwell, John Zant’s wife Kathleen Rodriquez, and John Zant (with questions from Harry Lawton.