Bragg out at ‘City and State’

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Chris Bragg, a very good political reporter, was let go from City and State for cost-cutting reasons, sources familiar with the publication said. The reason, according to these sources, was a lack of revenue from the digital side of the publication, where Bragg focused his work.

Recently, he broke the story of State Senator Marty Golden hosting an event to teach women in his district "etiquette". The story was picked up nationally and Golden later announced he was canceling the event because of the criticism it was getting.

In January, City and State's publisher, Tom Allon, announced he was running for mayor.

In March, then-editor in chief Adam Lisberg announced he was taking a job as the top spokesman at the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.

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In May, six-year veteran Andrew Hawkins announced he was taking a reporting job at Crain's.

I emailed Allon for a comment and will update when I hear back from him.

UPDATE: Lisberg told me, "Chris Bragg is a tough, talented and tenacious reporter in everything he does from cover stories to tweets. He broke news and made everyone pay attention to what he had to say. I'm surprised City and State let him go but I expect him to be snapped up by someone else very soon. I hope whoever it is calls me for a reference."

UPDATE: Lisberg's predecessor, Edward-Isaac Dovere, wrote in an email, "As anyone who's read Chris's work knows, he's a reporter who knows how to explain the often overlooked importance of the small stuff, and make sense of the big stuff. In the journalism we did, he was a clear asset."

UPDATE: In a brief email, publisher Tom Allon said financially, City and State is "healthy" and that no further cuts there are expected.