Mike Madriaga 11 a.m., May 21
Tom Blair Laid Off by UT
Tom Blair, longtime columnist in San Diego, has been laid off by the UT. He has told friends by email of the layoff. Blair assisted Neil Morgan at the former Tribune, then moved to become three-dot columnist at the Union. After the merger of the Union and Tribune, he did his column at the Union-Tribune. Toward the end, he also was an anchor at a morning show at KUSI-TV. This annoyed some in Union-Tribune management, and there was a disagreement that has never been fully explained. Blair abruptly left to become editor-in-chief of San Diego Magazine, where he also had a three-dot column. Then recently, he moved to the Union-Tribune, now named the UT. The reasons for the layoff have not been explained. Blair appeared frequently on radio and TV.