Internal email memos from section editors, obtained by the Indy, confirm the names of more editorial staffers who have decided to take voluntary buyout offers from The News & Observer:
- Danny Hooley, TV and radio writer who writes the blog TV Eye. Hooley got the first interview with Clay Aiken when Aiken was auditioning for “American Idol.” He has been at The N&O for 10 years.
- Marcy Smith, books editor and features copy editor, known for her love of knitting. Smith also wrote a column and blog on crafting called Notions.
- Chuck Small, a features department copy editor who has done much more than edit copy. Among his efforts to engage young readers is a digital program with Newspapers in Education called NandoNext. He has been at the paper since 1993. The memo said Small plans to go to grad school and wants to work as a high school guidance counselor.
- Weta Clark, daily features and Home & Garden editor. She is credited with engaging readers in several ongoing features, including the Turning Point series in the Life, etc. section, which tells the stories of readers making a life change. She has been at the paper since 2003.
- Vicki Lee Parker, a business reporter who covers technology and manufacturing and writes the Savvy Consumer column. She has been at the paper since 2000.
- Molly O'Day, a designer who works in both the Chapel Hill and Raleigh offices. She came to The N&O from The Herald-Sun in 2002. Her editor described her as "the guardian against wire copy in the community paper."