Tulsa World lays off 28 employees

The Tulsa World and its parent company, Tulsa World Media, announced on April 4 that it was laying off 28 people as a “company-wide reduction in force.”

Tulsa World Publisher Bill Masterson blamed “the changing dynamic of the media business and the lagging Oklahoma economy…” for the layoffs, which included the news department, advertising, finance, circulation and others.

The liberal newspaper is owned by Berkshire Hathaway Media Group, a company controlled by billionaire Warren Buffett of Omaha, Nebraska.

On February 22, the company ended publication of the Broken Arrow Ledger. The company also owns the Skiatook Journal, the Owasso Reporter, the Sand Springs Leader, the Coweta American, the Wagoner Tribune and the Tulsa Business & Legal News. No public announcements have been made concerning layoffs at those remaining papers.

In 2013, shortly after the paper was purchased from the Lorton Family, Masterson announced a staff reduction of about 50 employees.