Denver Post employees protest ownership with events in Denver and New York

Denverite: Denver Post journalists gathered outside their offices and the New York City offices of Alden Global Capital on Tuesday to demand the paper’s hedge fund owner invest in its newsrooms or sell to someone who will.

The rallies happened at noon in each time zone. On the East Coast, four Post journalists joined staff from other newspapers owned by their parent company, Digital First Media, at Alden’s midtown Manhattan offices and attempted to deliver a petition. In the West, Post staffers from the newsroom and printing press operation walked out of their offices at the paper’s Adams County printing plant and stood by the side of Washington Street, chanting and waving signs.

The staff who walked out are Denver Newspaper Guild members, reporter Kevin Hamm said.

Among them was John Wenzel, a Denver Post staffer of 18 years who was joined at the rally by his wife, Kathleen St. John, and their 1-year-old daughter.

“This is just a long time coming,” Wenzel said. “Things came to a head and this is it. I don’t feel like we have a lot to lose at this point — other than my income, insurance and livelihood … so why not try to slow it down and stop it?”

Wenzel addressed the crowd once it had marched out to Washington Street, as did former editorial page editor Chuck Plunkett.

“For all these people to be out here publicly doing something that doesn’t feel comfortable for them shows the magnitude of what they feel like they’re up against,” Plunkett said, addressing television cameras and “folks watching at home.”

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