Rob Tripp, an award-winning crime reporter for the Kingston Whig-Standard, has resigned from the Sun Media newspaper in favour of freelancing.
Now that is a big loss for Sun Media.
Sources say Tripp made his exit last Friday after 20 years with the Whig-Standard as a city hall reporter, crime reporter and city editor.
His first freelance piece can be found on the Canadian Lawyer website. He is also widely read on his CanCrime website.
Last year, he received two National Newspaper Award nominations for beat and local reporting for his work on the killings of four women near a lock in the Rideau Canal at Kingston Mills.
Tripp's exit is the third high-profile crime reporter departure at Sun Media in the past month.
A tipster says the Ottawa Sun's Kenneth Jackson left Dec. 31.
"He was their crime reporter, their best reporter," says the tipster.
The Toronto Sun's Tamara Cherry started her new on air CTV crime beat career this week.
Cherry and Tripp became widely read Sun Media staffers for investigative crime specials. Cherry's series on human trafficking in Canada was widely acclaimed.
To lose three crime reporters within a month is a huge loss for Sun Media readers.
Crime reporters are a dying breed at Sun Media, which is ironic because the flagship Toronto Sun was an early success with its emphasis on crime reporting.
Sun Media is losing the cream of the crop.