Ariel Van Cleave was somewhere in Montana, driving from Ohio toward her new job with the Seattle-based public radio station KPLU, when her cellphone rang. It was KPLU News Director Erin Hennessey. The station, Hennessey said, had been sold in the dead of night to its competitor, KUOW, which planned to shutter KPLU’s newsroom and absorb its jazz programming.
Feel free to take a U-turn, she told Van Cleave, because your job now has an expiration date. “I was completely shocked when I found out about the sale,” says Van Cleave in an email. “But it felt a little surreal, too, like… seriously? C’mon.” Read more at CROSSCUT