Sources at the Kansas City Star say reporter Dawn Bormann may not be well, but she’s still alive. That in the wake of news that the newspaper has asked Bormann and fellow reporter Karen Dillon to decide which of them must go in this week’s round of layoffs.
If push comes to shove, Dillon with seniority, is reportedly in the position to make the call, and quit or send Bormann packing.
They have until next week to decide, but the story went viral yesterday – with anybody and everybody in the journalism racket weighing in on the cruel and unusual a position the Star placed its two reporters in – so anything could happen at this point.
“They’re still waiting for Karen to make the decision,” says a source at the newspaper.
And the two children, thought by many to be Karen’s, are actually her grandchildren.
“Karen has a daughter and she has two children that are about 10 or 12 years old,” the source says. “They don’t live with Karen but they live in close proximity and Karen is their rock because Karen’s daughter has some mental disabilities. She can function on her own with her children – but she needs some help.”
As for picking who lives or who dies, “It’s a no brainer,” says the source. “An older mother with a disabled daughter and two grandchildren versus a young woman with a baby and husband who has a job with insurance benefits. Karen has to make the obvious choice but it’s still gut wrenching.”
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