Former Baltimore City Paper Writer's 'Shocking' Job Change

september 6, 2006  09:35 am
"When we learned our favorite media muckraker, City Paper reporter ... Gadi Dechter, was taking a new job at The Sun, we were shocked. Shocked!" writes Baltimore magazine's Geoff Brown. The July announcement was surprising because Dechter had repeatedly criticized the daily, most notably exposing instances of plagiarism by columnist Michael Olesker. Dechter says he "was never bored at City Paper," and calls it "the best job I ever had." Van Smith, the City Paper's political reporter, wishes that the alt-weekly had been able to keep Dechter on board: "It would be good for Baltimore storytelling to have Gadi at City Paper," he says.