Another exit at the ‘Observer’: News editor Megan McCarthy

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Three New York Observer staffers announced their departures from the salmon-tinted weekly last week. 

Now, there's another: news editor Megan McCarthy is out. Her last day will be sometime this week.

McCarthy, who joined the paper a year ago but first endeared herself to New York reporters during her tenure as founding editor of the aggregation site Mediagazer, was among the crop of hires brought in under the Observer's previous editor, Elizabeth Spiers.

Last week alone, the newsroom received emails from deputy editor Brian Gallagher, senior editor Foster Kamer and staff writer Laura Griffin announcing that they were leaving.

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(Gallagher is headed to Seattle, where his girlfriend has landed a new job; Kamer is headed to Complex magazine; it's unclear what Griffin's next move is.)

The week before that, political reporter David Freedlander was hired away by Tina Brown at Newsweek.

Staff shuffling never comes as a surprise during an editor change. But now that the Observer finds itself down four journalists, the question is how quickly recently-installed editor Aaron Gell will move to recruit new talent.

McCarthy declined to comment. But she wrote the following in an email to staff this afternoon:

"I've had a blast working here and getting to know all of you in the bullpen. Thanks for making the past year so memorable and fun, and long live the Observer!"