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Two Dallas Morning News layoff casualties rebound as backpack journalists for "The 33" news

Two experienced reporters let go by The Dallas Morning News during April's layoffs have transitioned to the TV world as backpack journalists for "The 33's" 9 p.m. newscast and its companion Web site.

Holly Yan and Dan X. McGraw will start at the Dallas-based station on Thursday, news director David Duitch announced in a memo to staffers.

Yan, a graduate of the University of Missouri, joined the DMN in 2004 as a metro reporter whose beats included criminal justice and education.

McGraw, who graduated from Texas Christian University, covered a variety of breaking news stories for the DMN. He also has freelanced for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and covered county government for the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Backpack journalists basically are one-person news crews who shoot, interview and then edit their stories. In a down economy, their numbers are growing.