Detroit Free Press Editor Peter Bhatia Is Leaving

From a Detroit Free Press story by JC Reindl headlined “Free Press top editor Peter Bhatia stepping down”:

Peter Bhatia, the top editor of the Detroit Free Press, told staff Friday that he will depart the company early next year in the hope of saving jobs from looming companywide layoffs.

Bhatia, 69, who started at the Free Press in September 2017 and is also a regional editor in the USA TODAY Network for nearly 30 properties in Ohio and Michigan, said in a late morning staff meeting that he decided to leave the company so that the newspaper’s owner, Gannett, could use the financial savings of his departure to reduce the number of layoffs at the Free Press that are set to occur in January.