The press corps in Mexico City has just grown immeasurably smaller. Last week was the final week for the Houston Chronicle's longtime Mexico City bureau chief, Dudley Althaus, who has been in Mexico City for about 23 years.
Like all newspapers, the Hearst Corp.'s Houston Chronicle has faced huge financial challenges with an erosion of readers and advertising. According to Dudley, the Chron has decided to go intensely local, focusing on a 100-mile radius of Houston. So they shut their Mexico bureau as of Friday and Dudley is no longer employed.