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Az Daily Star losing columnist Brodesky

As parent company Lee Enterprises sheds newspapers, the Arizona Daily Star's masthead is growing a bit shorter. The Tucson newspaper has announced that it's seeking a metro columnist - a position held for two years by Josh Brodesky.

Also Tuesday, Lee announced the sale of the North County Time's newspaper in Escondido, Calif., to the new owners of the U-T San Diego newspaper.

Brodesky had been the Star's metro columnist since August 2010, when he moved over from the real estate beat. Prior to that, he covered politics and did general assignment reporting for the Star.

A job announcement put out by the Star said the newspaper is seeking to fill Brodesky's seat with a columnist who "produces mostly hard-hitting, newsy columns with occasional doses of humor, outrage and nostalgia."

Brodesky is taking a job with the Arizona Republic, according to sources at the Star's South Park facility. He did not immediately return phone calls seeking comment.

High-profile departures from the Star recently included reporter Rob O'Dell, who moved north to the Republic in July, and long-time photographer David Sanders, who last month took a position with UNS Energy, the parent company of Tucson Electric Power. Reporter Rhonda Bodfield left the Star in March, first taking a job with Tucson Medical Center and then moving to the communications staff of Pima County.

As for Lee, the $11.9 million sale of the North County Times—purchased as part of a $694 million 16-paper deal in 2002—won't make much of a dent in the chain's debt of nearly $1 billion. The NC Times also runs several websites and prints The Californian newspaper in Riverside County, Calif.

U-T San Diego, formerly known as the San Diego Union-Tribune, was purchased last December by developer Doug Manchester, whose push for boosterish news stories and increase in the paper's already right-ward tilt has caused friction in the newsroom.

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