Lolis Eric Elie, former Metro columnist and current reporter for The Times-Picayune, has joined the wave of employees who have chosen to take the paper's buyout offer. Elie, who has worked at the T-P since 1995, will be leaving at the end of this week.
"I'm fading into the sunset," he joked this morning. "And I'm taking a week or two off after that. But, really, it's exciting. I've got a lot of things going on."
Elie, a contributing writer for The Oxford American, says he plans to do more writing for that publication. He's also a staff writer on Tremé, David Simon's HBO series currently shooting in New Orleans. While a T-P columnist and reporter, Elie wrote Smokestack Lightning, a book about the culture and folkways of barbecuing, and last year was the co-producer of the critically acclaimed documentary Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans.
Elie's departure is just the latest of several high-profile departures at the T-P this year, where employees have been taking early retirement and company-sponsored buyouts. The list of the departing and departed includes longtime fixtures David Cuthbert, Angus Lind, Susan Finch, Walt Philbin, James Gill, Chris Rose, Susan Larson, Millie Ball, Lynne Jensen, Brian Allee-Walsh, Valerie Faciane and Chris Bynum.