Dan D'Addario Leaving the Observer; Departure Marks the Paper's Third Exit in Three Weeks

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Three's a trend, didn't you know, and so we'd be remiss not to report that the other weekly paper that comes out on Wednesdays is losing its third staff writer in a single week three weeks. First there was Azi Paybarah, then Reid Pillifant (both are going to Capital New York); and now there's culture reporter Daniel D'Addario, who gave notice today, according to a leak we received this morning.

D'Addario, who writes television and entertainment stories mostly, sent an email to the rest of the staff announcing his departure today. He's leaving to work at a startup.

Last week, the Observer announced that it was losing two important staffers: Azi Paybarah and Reid Pillifant, both political reporters. Both will soon move over to Capital New York, the local journalism startup that also gained freelancer Dana Rubinstein and $1.7 million in investment money.

We don't know what's causing the flurry of departures. Editor-in-chief Elizabeth Spiers said in an email that "Reid and Azi are going to Capital to work with Josh Benson, who was their former editor here at the Observer. (And Reid and Josh are close personal friends.) So I'm sorry they're leaving, but I understand" and that D'Addario's leaving to go to a startup is "a different thing entirely." She told us to expect news of new hires next week.

Update 12:26 p.m.: The headline and some info above have been changed to reflect the fact that Paybarah and Pillifant gave notice three weeks ago, as Spiers pointed out to us. We only knew of their situation last week.

[rgray@villagevoice.com] [@_rosiegray]

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