Meredith cuts 180 jobs, ‘minimal’ impact on Des Moines office

Meredith Corporation laid off 180 workers this week, but its Des Moines offices avoided most of the cuts.



a sign in front of a building: Outside of the Meredith Corporation's downtown Des Moines campus on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.


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Outside of the Meredith Corporation’s downtown Des Moines campus on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

The layoffs included 130 employees from its local media group, which owns 17 TV stations. The rest of the cuts came from its national media group, which publishes magazines such as People and Better Homes & Gardens.

The Des Moines-based media company has suffered in the midst of the broader economic recession because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Driven by a 17% drop in ad revenue compared with 2019, Meredith reported a $234 million loss in fiscal year 2020, which ended June 30. This spring, the company decreased employee salaries, a move that Meredith reversed at the beginning of this month.



Outside of the Meredith Corporation's downtown Des Moines campus on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.


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Outside of the Meredith Corporation’s downtown Des Moines campus on

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The Des Moines public school system is fighting a state mandate to reopen its school buildings.

The Des Moines Public Schools system sued Gov. Kim Reynolds (R) and other state officials in late August after Reynolds mandated that nearly all schools in the state reopen. Des Moines school officials believe it is still not safe to send children and teachers back to classrooms, pointing to the state’s surge in coronavirus cases.

“No circumstances in our lifetimes have had a greater impact on the ability of school districts to operate safely than the COVID-19 global health pandemic,” school officials wrote in the lawsuit. “This is literally a matter of life and death.”

Tuesday, the judge denied the school district’s request to suspend the mandate while the legal challenge makes its way through the courts. The ruling means that if the school system does not offer face-to-face instruction to all students, it could be in violation of state law.

Schools Superintendent Thomas Ahart said Tuesday in a statement

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