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More newsroom cuts to Roanoke Times

At least nine newsroom employees with The Roanoke Times will be laid off, according to Lee Enterprises.

The Iowa-based company announced its plans Monday. The layoffs mean more than 20% of the newspaper’s unionized staff will be affected.

Newsroom staff has been cut by more than 25% since early 2020, when it was acquired by Lee Enterprises. The company purchased around half of Virginia’s daily newspapers in a deal with BH Media Group, the previous owner.

It began cutting newsroom jobs six months later. Lee Enterprises said it plans to eliminate four reporters, one digital editor, one copy editor, and three editorial assistants.

Lee also owns the Martinsville Bulletin.