Veteran radio and television columnist Robert Feder is leaving the Chicago Sun-Times after nearly three decades at the paper.
Facing another round of layoffs, the paper offered a buyout package to employees with more than years experience. Feder accepted the deal to step down in exchange for a year's salary and benefits.
From his departure notice in the Sun-Times:
When I started here in 1980 -- just two years out of journalism school at Northwestern -- I couldn't believe I was getting paid to write about my favorite subject in the world. I thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
But times change, and covering the minutiae of the broadcast business isn't as much fun as it used to be. I never wanted to do this one day longer than I was willing to give it 100 percent. Over the years, I've seen too many has-beens turn into hacks by not knowing when to quit. I'd rather leave too early than stay too late.