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Reporter Bodfield leaving Daily Star

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Reporter Bodfield leaving Daily Star

Longtime reporter Rhonda Bodfield is leaving the Arizona Daily Star.

Bodfield — who's held down the politics and local government beats, and previously covered education at the morning daily — confirmed Monday that her last day at the newspaper will be March 9.

Bodfield is taking a communications position at Tucson Medical Center, she said. She declined to elaborate on her departure, citing Star personnel policies.

Her departure will no doubt lead to further shuffling of beats at the Star, which switched up reporters' focus areas in October, and again recently when border reporter Brady McCombs was handed part of the election beat.

Last July, the Star axed 52 staffers, including about 15 from the newsroom.

The Star's parent company, national newspaper chain Lee Enterprises, was able to refinance its crushing $1.1 billion debt through a packaged bankruptcy filing last month.

Lee recently received word that, with its stock again trading above $1, it no longer faces delisting from the New York Stock Exchange.

Lee stock dropped by 70 percent over a few months at the end of last year, and at one point was trading in the 60-cent range.

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