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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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier to speak Sept. 25 | Vanderbilt News

Kelvin Droegemeier
Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver a regional webinar on Friday, Sept. 25, at noon CT. The University of Tennessee system and Vanderbilt University are co-hosting the webinar, with Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development Stacey Patterson (UT-system) and Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan (VU) providing opening remarks and moderating a question-and-answer session with Droegemeier.

The presentation by Droegemeier, “Enhancing the Security and Integrity of America’s Research Enterprise,” is open to faculty, students, postdocs and staff. It will be live-streamed, and registration is required.

Droegemeier will provide an update on the many activities undertaken by OSTP and others during the past several months, providing examples of risks to research security that can harm the enterprise as well as an update on steps being

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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy Announces the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the members of the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC), which will counsel the Administration on ways to ensure continued American leadership in quantum information science (QIS).

“Today, the White House is proud to join DOE to announce the members of the NQIAC, an important step forward for the National Quantum Initiative. We look forward to engaging with the entire U.S. innovation ecosystem to advance quantum research and innovation for the betterment of our Nation,” said U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios.

“The Department of Energy is proud to join the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the formation of the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee,” said Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar. “By organizing a way to harness our rapidly evolving quantum technologies, this

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