The editor of the Capital Gazette, which won a special Pulitzer Prize citation for its coverage and courage in the face of a massacre in its newsroom, is leaving the Maryland newspaper. Rick Hutzell, who worked at the Annapolis paper for more than three decades, authored a farewell column that was published on the paper’s website Saturday morning.
Hutzell said he took a buyout that was offered by the newspaper’s parent company. The Capital Gazette was owned by Tribune Publishing until it was purchased last month by Hedge fund Alden Global Capital.
Editor Rick Hutzell is also taking the buyout. His last day is Friday. Among the survivors of the shooting, journalist Selene San Felice is now the co-author of Axios Local’s Tampa Bay newsletter. Journalist Phil Davis now works at The Baltimore Sun, the Capital Gazette’s sister paper. Journalist Rachael Pacella and photojournalist Paul Gillespie both work at the Capital Gazette. Among newsroom staff who covered the shooting, photojournalist Joshua McKerrow and reporter Pat Furgurson took buyouts in January 2020. Journalist Danielle Ohl works for the Capital Gazette.