First the good news: The Herald's parent company, McClatchy, is lifting the wage freeze imposed on the Herald and other McClatchy papers in Sept. 2008.
The bad news: The Herald is losing Jack Dolan, one of the paper's most dogged investigative reporters, to the L.A. Times.
Herald metro editor Jay Ducassi tells newsroom staffers in an email that Dolan, (left), was recruited by the Times.
Dolan, along with Herald staffers Matthew Haggman and Rob Barry, recently won an award for a series on shoddy regulation of the state's mortgage industry.
Dolan was also one of the Herald reporters who recently exposed the globe-trotting at taxpayer expense by Miami-Dade commissioners.
Dolan tells friends that the Times made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
Dolan will be working in the Times Sacramento bureau.