Monday, January 14, 2008

Nikki Finke takes a break from writers' strike

With the strike by the Writers Guild of America, journalism dynamo and eccentric Nikki Finke found a story that put her website Deadline Hollywood Daily on the front line of entertainment reporting and her up-and-down, cantankerous career on an A-list trajectory. Swept away with enthusiasm, she's become the center of strike coverage, breaking news, pushing forward ideas, encouraging potential solutions and leaving competition like Defamer and that corporate porn-pushing gossip site to trivia and silliness.

But again, the pitbull talent has been shadowed by the eccentric and the human. At this crucial point in strike coverage, Nikki is citing her health as the reason she's taking a break of at least a week:

DHD Update: Back On January 22nd
I’m exhausted. I'm not feeling well. I'm overwhelmed. I need a week away from the emails and the comments and the phone calls and the rumors. Most of all, I just need to rest since I've been going, going, going, since the strike started. I look forward to coming back on January 22nd and finding it settled (?). In the meantime, stay out of crosswalks while I’m gone. And I promise to return refreshed.

It's rare and risky that an experienced journo would walk away amid such an important streak. We send our best to Nikki and wish her a speedy recovery. In the interim, we're happy to pick up the slack. Send your tips here.

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