The newsroom

Welcome to our newsroom. We're the journalists of the Philadelphia Media Network, but you know us better as the people behind The Inquirer, the Daily News and Philly.com. We've recently reorganized our beats and coverage teams to ensure that we're focused on the issues, ideas and institutions that matter most to people of our region. Here's what we're covering and how to reach us.

With teams of reporters and columnists, the Power & Policy Desk aims to deliver timely and relevant coverage of the news, people and institutions that shape life across our region and beyond.
Power & Policy Editor
John Martin
Deputy Editor, Power & Policy
Yvette Ousley
Politics & Governing Editor
Tom Fitzgerald
Justice & Injustice Editor
David Lee Preston
Policy & Solutions Editor
Tony Wood

Politics & Governing

John Baer
Columnist
I write a column usually focused on Pennsylvania issues and politics.
Chris Brennan
Philadelphia Politics
I write about people, power and politics.
Angela Couloumbis
Money & Politics
I cover state government and politics in the Pennsylvania Capitol, chronicling the policies that impact people’s lives and pocketbooks – and the personalities, money and special interests behind them.
Andrew Seidman
Power Brokers
I cover politics in the Philadelphia region, focusing on power brokers.
Jonathan Tamari
National Politics
I cover national politics and policy from Washington D.C., with a focus on Pennsylvania and New Jersey lawmakers and issues.
Claudia Vargas
Agency Accountability
My reporting focuses on holding government, political and related agencies accountable.
Aubrey Whelan
Trumpadelphia
I cover the Trump administration from the local side, looking at how the president's policies affect the Philadelphia region.

Education

Kathy Boccella
Innovation
I cover schools in the Philadelphia region with a strong focus on innovation and trends.
Kristen Graham
Urban Education, Philadelphia Schools
I'm the urban education writer, with a focus on the vast, complicated Philadelphia School District and issues facing schools in cities across the region and beyond.
Susan Snyder
Higher Education
I cover higher education issues and trends, focusing on major universities in our region.
Martha Woodall
Charter Schools
I'm a member of the education team, and I write about charter schools, public and nonpublic schools with a special focus on investigative articles.

Justice & Injustice

Mensah M. Dean
Unjust Systems
I focus on corruption and wrongdoing in the public and private sectors, shining light on the perpetrators and victims.
Chris Palmer
Violent Crimes, Community Impact
I cover violent crime, the impact it has on communities, why it persists, and what police are doing to combat it.
Jeremy Roebuck
Power and Corruption
I cover public corruption, white-collar crime and the criminal misuse of power by celebrities, elected officials and others who despite having been given a leg-up in life are still willing to break the law in pursuit of more.
Julie Shaw
Victims
I write primarily about crime, with a focus on victims.
Joseph A. Slobodzian
Teens and Guns
I cover Philadelphia's criminal justice system, major trials and associated legal issues.

Policy & Solutions

Michaelle Bond
Bureaucracies
I untangle bureaucracies at the state and local levels and cover how government works — or doesn't.
Maddie Hanna
Fairness
I focus on economic equity issues, including school funding and affordable housing.
Jonathan Lai
Freedoms
I cover issues related to rights and explore our changing understanding of them. Topics include freedom of expression, gerrymandering, and digital privacy and security.
Laura McCrystal
Taxes
I cover everything about taxes, government revenue, and people affected by tax policies in Philadelphia and the surrounding region.
Justine McDaniel
Vice
I cover vices — gambling, marijuana, liquor — looking at policies, needs, and solutions.
The News Features desk covers the changing city and region - including immigration, development, gentrification, and attitudes about faith, sex, race, class and social justice.
News Features Editor
Daniel Rubin
Deputy Editor, News Features
Cathy Rubin
News Features Coverage Editor
Kathy Hacker
News Features Coverage Editor
Cindy Henry

Metro Columnists

Jenice Armstrong
I'm a Metro Columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News covering mostly local topics but sometimes weighing in on national news as well.
Stu Bykofsky
I cover things and people that make Philadelphia what it is, with occasional forays into hot-button issues beyond the city limits.
Mike Newall
I write scenes and stories of a city. Its beauty. Its cruelties. Its backbone. Its struggles. Its hypocrisy. Its charm. Stories about us.

Urbanism & Built Environment

Jacob Adelman
Commercial Real Estate
I write about the intersection of money, culture and politics in building the spaces where the Philadelphia region lives, works and plays.
Jason Laughlin
Transportation
I write about every aspect of transportation in our region, from covering transit agencies to the business of ride share to how modes of travel shape the way people live.
Caitlin McCabe
Real Estate
I write about what's happening in residential real estate in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs ― everything from housing trends to new development to the weird and problematic parts of owning or renting a home.
Inga Saffron
Critic, Built Environment
If someone builds it in the Philadelphia area, I'll write about it.

Identity & Values

Michael Boren
I write about social justice and explore how race, gender, sexuality, and class shape our lives in uneven ways.
Samantha Melamed
I report on social justice, criminal justice and the lives of Philadelphians, from the streets, the prisons and the bars.
Valerie Russ
I'm part of a team of reporters writing about race, gender, identity and values.

Changing Region

Jeff Gammage
Immigration and Demographics
I cover immigration - the people, the issues, the conflicts.
Alfred Lubrano
Class
I cover aspects of poverty, wealth, and the middle class relating to both economic and social issues.
Julia Terruso
Neighborhoods & Gentrification
I’m interested in the characters, places, tensions and issues across the myriad neighborhoods in Philadelphia and the region. What makes where you live unique? What’s changing for better or worse?

Modern Life

Kristin E. Holmes
Faith
I cover faith and spirituality.
Jason Nark
Rural and Exurban Life
I write stories about rural & exurban areas, the places where development meets farmland and farms meet the great outdoors.
The Regions team is responsible for online breaking news in the early morning and late evening, along with coverage – both print and online – from the Pennsylvania and New Jersey suburbs and the Shore.
Regions Editor
Julie Busby
Pennsylvania Editor
Nancy Albritton
New Jersey Editor
Porus Cooper
Weekend Editor
Diane Mastrull
Breaking News Editor
Francisco Delgado
Breaking News Editor
Joseph Gambardello

Pennsylvania Suburbs

Dan Geringer
Philly suburbs "real people stories" from community activists to unusual artists, bridge/trail builders, main street rescuers, wide range of human endeavor.
Erin McCarthy
I cover suburban news with a focus on issues affecting residents of Delaware, Chester, Montgomery, and Bucks counties.
Maria Panaritis
Columnist
I'm the columnist who writes about Pennsylvania and its most populated region - the political battleground Philadelphia suburbs - with a bullseye on any story that cuts through the noise and gives you the real deal.

South Jersey

Melanie Burney
I am a general assignment reporter in South Jersey, writing about just about everything that happens in the region, from education to farming . I am also an avid storyteller and love writing about ordinary people doing extraordinary things, from a 96-year-old grandmother who earned a GED to an inner city kid who overcame tremendous obstacles to pursue his dreams of becoming a doctor.
Jan Hefler
I report on the news and people in New Jersey with a focus on the roller-coaster cannabis story, profiles of unusual characters, court rulings that have an impact on people’s lives and vanishing open spaces in the Garden State.
Kevin Riordan
Columnist
My column is about what makes life in urban, suburban, and rural South Jersey interesting.
Amy S. Rosenberg
Jersey Shore
I am based at the Jersey shore and write about Atlantic City, beach culture, local politics and power grabs. I also sometime go to Philly for stories.
Jacqueline Urgo
I am covering New Jersey as a general assignment reporter.

Breaking News

Barbara Boyer
Mornings
I have a beat without boundaries covering local and regional stories including crime, animals, beach closings and beyond.
Robert Moran
Nights
I cover breaking news at night in the Philadelphia region.

Staff Writers

Sofiya Ballin
Bonnie Cook
Obituary Storyteller
I write the life stories of the movers and shakers in the Philly area and South Jersey who have died.
The sports desk's goal is to provide the smartest, most complete and engaging coverage of pro, college and high school sports for a fan base that is as knowledgeable and demanding as any in the country.
Managing Editor, Sports
Pat McLoone
Sports Editor
Rich Hofmann
Deputy Sports Editor
Gary Potosky
Assistant Sports Editor, Rally
Gary Miles
Producer
Vaughn Johnson
Producer
Lou Rabito
Producer
EJ Smith

Columnists

Bob Ford
I am a general sports columnist, and am always looking for topics of local interest that go beyond the scores and the stats.
Marcus Hayes
I provide context and perspective.
David Murphy
I write opinion and analysis pieces, with a heavy emphasis on the four professional sports teams.
Mike Sielski
I'm one of our sports columnists, just trying to say insightful things and tell interesting stories.

Eagles

Zach Berman
I cover the Philadelphia Eagles, focusing 12 months a year on the the team, the games, the offseason activity, and the hard-to-find stories that make the Eagles so compelling to fans in the Philadelphia region and around the globe.
Les Bowen
I try to write engagingly about the Eagles, with perspective and depth; someday I might actually succeed.
Paul Domowitch
I'm part of the four-person team that covers the Eagles.
Jeff McLane
I objectively report and write about the Eagles.

Phillies

Matt Breen
I cover the Phillies from the majors to the minors.
Bob Brookover
I am part of the Phillies' coverage team.
Matt Gelb
I cover the Phillies and the beautiful game of baseball.

Sixers

Bob Cooney
I cover the 76ers, focusing on analysis of players and coaches
Keith Pompey
As the Sixers beat reporter, I provide daily coverage, perspective, a social media presence and long-form takeout pieces about one the NBA's young emerging teams.
Sarah Todd
I cover the 76ers.

Flyers

Sam Carchidi
I cover the never-boring Philadelphia Flyers as they seek their elusive third Stanley Cup — and first since 1975.
Sam Donnellon
I report on all manner of sports topics, with an emphasis on hockey.

Colleges

Dick Jerardi
I cover horse racing and college sports, always searching for unique stories.
Joe Juliano
My primary beat is covering Penn State football but I also cover Big 5 basketball, local golf and the Penn Relays.
Mike Kern
I cover Villanova basketball, Big 5 basketball, Villanova and Penn football and sometimes all things colleges and golf.
Marc Narducci
I cover Temple football and basketball and general assignment sports

High Schools/Rally

Phil Anastasia
South Jersey
I'm on the South Jersey sports beat, writing mostly about high school sports.
Aaron Carter
Southeastern Pennsylvania
You can find me at the intersection of life and high school sports.
Rick O'Brien
Southeastern Pennsylvania
I cover high school sports in Southeastern Pennsylvania, with a focus on football, boys' basketball, and baseball.

Staff Writers

Ed Barkowitz
General Assignment, Digital
General assignment sports writer who won his fantasy league when Mike Anderson ran for 15 TDs in 2000.
John Smallwood
Sports Tonight
I write "Sports Tonight" to suggest the best sports entertainment for you to watch - well, for tonight.
Jonathan Tannenwald
Union
I cover the world's game with a local perspective, from the Union to the U.S. national teams and beyond.

Enterprise & Projects

Frank Fitzpatrick
Mike Jensen
I write enterprise stories across the sports landscape and college columns. 2017 project: A year in Philly hoops.
The Arts & Lifestyle desk covers the ins and outs of the Philadelphia art scene, popular culture, and food, while reminding you why it’s pretty great to be a Philadelphian.
Lifestyle & Arts Editor
Molly Eichel
Deputy Editor, Lifestyle & Arts
Alison Smith
Arts & Institutions Editor
Becky Batcha
Food Editor
Maureen Fitzgerald

Pop Culture

Dan DeLuca
Music & Nightlife
I cover pop music, from what's happening in the local scene to national trends and touring acts.
Ellen Gray
Entertainment Media
I write about television, and occasionally other media, with an eye toward starting (or joining) conversations about what we watch, and why.
Gary Thompson
Movies
I review movies and cover movie-related news in the region
Nick Vadala
Celebrity & Internet Culture
I write about celebrities and Internet culture.

Fine Arts

Peter Dobrin
Business of the Arts
As a music critic, I review classical concerts and the occasional recording. As business of the arts reporter, I write about the financial health of the arts and culture sector.
Stephan Salisbury
Museums & Culture
I write about the exploding cultural life of the city, how it is presented in museums and on stages and how people experience it.
David Patrick Stearns
Performing Arts
The typical title of classical music critic doesn't cover it: I write about music that needs explaining - whether a little or a lot, whether medieval or cutting edge - and the people who make it happen.
John Timpane
General Assignment
I cover Philly's vibrant theater community, and its scintillating literary world; I also report across all the arts in this city of arts.

Food & Dining

Michael Klein
Food News
I cover the food and restaurant scene in the Philadelphia region - but the business and people aspect much more than the food itself.
Craig LaBan
Restaurant Critic
As restaurant critic and Drink columnist for the Inquirer, I cover the culture of Philly food as I chronicle the rise of our culinary stars, the decline of some, and the dramatic evolution of a dining scene that shapes emerging neighborhoods and helps define our region's identity, one plate at a time.
Allison Steele
Food & Booze Culture
I write about food and alcohol, and how what we eat is defining and changing the culture in Philadelphia and the region.

Staff Writers

Tirdad Derakhshani
Lifestyle & Arts General Assignment
Elizabeth Wellington
Lifestyle columnist
My column is my personal take on the we live and how we style our lives.
The Business & Economy desk delivers the most complete and incisive report on the great variety of businesses in the Philadelphia region.
Business & Economy Editor
Karl Stark
Deputy Editor, Business & Economy
Joanne McLaughlin
Business Coverage Editor
John V. Smith

Staff Writers

Erin Arvedlund
Money
I cover Money & Personal Finance, Investing and Local Companies
Harold Brubaker
Meds, Eds and Nonprofits
I cover the business side of health care, higher education, and the broader nonprofit sector, with occasional forays into the food and alcoholic beverage industries.
Joseph N. DiStefano
Columnist, Business News & Philly Ticker
I write columns and the PhillyDeals blog, about public and private investments in the area and of national interest
Bob Fernandez
Comcast
I cover the epic story of Comcast Corp. and how it is transforming the American telecom and media landscape, and continue to report on the charitable Hershey Trust.
Linda Loyd
Tourism
I am Business reporter and I write about tourism, including Philadelphia International airport, the airline industry, the ports of the Delaware River, and casinos and hotels.
Diane Mastrull
Small Business & Startups
I cover the region's exciting and thriving small-business and start-up communities, highlighting interesting companies and trends.
Andrew Maykuth
Energy
I cover energy and utilities, including the Marcellus Shale, renewables and refineries.
Suzette Parmley
Shopping
I cover the business of shopping in our region that includes all the malls, as well as retail trends and breaking retail news. I also pen a weekly Sunday Retail Column.
Jonathan Takiff
Consumer Watch
I'm here to help you make wise consumer choices and avoid the poor ones. You'll also find me writing about promising local startups and established businesses with new products and services deserving attention.
Jane M. Von Bergen
Jobs
We spend most of our waking hours at work, and that's my beat. It's hiring, firing, blue-collar, white-collar, unions, work-life balance, the economy, career advice, trends, violations, unemployment, workplace safety, workforce development, and fun on the job. Each week, I interview one of our region's top leaders, learning what drives them and their enterprises.
Sam Wood
The Commerce of Cannabis
I cover drugs, legal and illegal, and emerging technologies.
From medical advances to climate change, from the opioid crisis to wellness and longevity news, the health and science team brings our readers evidence-based information with a Philadelphia accent.
Health & Science Editor
Charlotte Sutton
Health & Science Coverage Editor
Kelly O'Shea

Staff Writers

Tom Avril
Discovery
I write about scientific research in the Philly region, with an emphasis on findings that can impact our everyday lives.
Stacey Burling
Boomers & Beyond
I cover aging, neurology, care giving and other medical topics that interest me.
Rita Giordano
Healthy Kids & Families
I write and report on health issues - emotional, mental and physical - involving kids and families. That includes pets because they're family, too.
Frank Kummer
Environment
I cover the environment, with an emphasis of its impact on real people
Marie C. McCullough
Patients
As a medical reporter, I've covered everything from anthrax to zoonotic diseases. Now I specialize in cancer and women's health issues.
Don Sapatkin
Addictions & Mental Health
I cover the intersection of pain, addiction and mental illness, and the conundrum of how opioids grew into a deadly epidemic.
Mari A. Schaefer
Wellness
I'll be writing about wellness, hitting topics like food safety, fitness, dental health, nutrition and other subjects that make up healthy living.
The investigations team produces original reporting that serves the public by exposing wrongdoing and holding the powerful to account.
Deputy Managing Editor, Investigations
James Neff
Investigations Strike Team Editor
Chris Hepp

Investigative Reporters

Barbara Laker
I'm a reporter on the Investigations Team who digs deep into a host of topics, hoping to break new ground and uncover injustices.
Craig McCoy
I'm a veteran investigative reporter. In that role, I've looked into political corruption, corporate and nonprofit scandals, sexual abuse and a host of other significant and fascinating areas.
Wendy Ruderman
I am a reporter on the Investigations Team, taking a deep dives on a varied topics with an eye toward shedding light on a problem and examining possible solutions.

Quick Strike Team

William Bender
Whistleblowers are my friends. The best conversations start with, "I shouldn't be telling you this, but ...
Tricia Nadolny
I'm an investigative reporter focused on watchdog journalism
Nancy Phillips
I'm an investigative reporter always looking for the next big story.

Access Reporter

Mark Fazlollah
I'm an investigative reporter writing about local and national issues.

Data Reporter

Dylan Purcell
I'm an investigative reporter specializing in data-related projects.
The Experiments desk uses a variety of storytelling methods to focus on the topics that get Philadelphia buzzing, from Philadelphia Culture to History to the latest developments in national news and pop culture.
Experiments Editor
Jessica Parks
Coverage Editor, Experiments
Emily Babay

Staff Writers

Stephanie Farr
Philly Culture
I write about the people, places, things, and ideas that make Philly and its suburbs weird, wild, and wonderfully unique.
David Gambacorta
Writer at Large
I work on narrative-driven longform stories, profiles and projects.
Howard Gensler
Local Buzz
I cover and contextualize the stories that Philadelphians are talking about.
Tommy Rowan
Philly History
I'm on the Philly History beat, writing about local legends and city lore.
Rob Tornoe
National Buzz
I cover the media and national stories that have interest in Philly. I also draw sports cartoons.
Helen Ubiñas
Columnist
My metro columns highlight voices and stories that should be amplified and challenge the status-quo and the dreaded Philly Shrug. Let's talk.
The opinion department’s mission is to be a hub of voices and viewpoints on the issues important to the region, as well as providing our own informed perspectives on key issues from the editorial board.
Managing Editor, Opinion
Sandra Shea
Editorial Page Manager
Harold Jackson
Digital Opinion Editor
Erica Palan
Coverage Editor
Kevin Ferris

Columnists

Will Bunch
National
I'm the national opinion columnist — and I have some strong opinions about what's happening in America, including social injustice, income inequality and, especially, Donald Trump.
Ronnie Polaneczky
Digital Opinion
As a columnist working in the digital-opinion group, I take on advocacy projects, which will include public events to bring real names, faces and experiences to the issues the columns cover. The goal: engagement and change.
Trudy Rubin
Foreign Affairs
I write the Worldview column that tries to make sense of the world's chaos and conflicts as they affect Americans at home.

Editorial Writer

Cynthia Burton
The audience team works to bring our world-class journalism to the broadest audience possible. Our team includes experts in social media storytelling, audience engagement, analytics, SEO and newsletters.
Managing Editor, Audience
Kim Fox
Audience Development Manager
Ross Maghielse

Audience Engagement Editors

Stephanie Arnold
Lissa Atkins
Ray Boyd
The visuals desk is responsible for the visual elements of our journalism — both online and in print — including photography, video, graphics and interactive storytelling.
Visuals Editor
Frank Wiese
Photo Director
Michael Mercanti
Graphics Editor
John Duchneskie

Photojournalists

Michael Bryant
Steve Falk
Charles Fox
Tom Gralish
Jessica Griffin
Yong Kim
David Maialetti
Clem Murray
Elizabeth Robertson
David Swanson

Photo Coverage Editor

Ed Hille

Photo Production Editors

Alejandro Alvarez Digital
Regina Fink Print
Alen Malott Print
Cheryl Shugars Print
Michael Zebe Print

Digital Storytelling Specialists

Ellen Dunkel
Garland Potts
Jared Whalen

Graphic Artist

Jon Snyder
Editing at PMN includes the multiplatform desk, which is responsible for the overall quality control of the newsroom's print and digital output, and the producer team, which curates the homepage and other parts of Philly.com.
Deputy Managing Editor, Multiplatform
Michelle Bjork
Deputy Editor, Multiplatform
David Sullivan
Managing Producer, Homepage
Brian Leighton
Assistant Sports Editor, Nights
Oscar Miller
Lead Multiplatform Editor
Joe Berkery

Multiplatform Desk

Ann Applegate
Richard C. Barron
Nicholas Cristiano
Douglas Darroch
Gina Esposito-Gilbert
Tony Fitts
Michael Harrington
Donna M. Hendricks
Robert M. Kelley
Chris Kupferer
Vance Lehmkuhl
Sheena Lester
Tom Mahon
Mark Perner
Peter N. Rozovsky
Roslyn Rudolph
Todd Shaner
Miriam W. Tarver
Bob Vetrone
Suzanne Weston
Deborah Woodell

Producers

George Carter National/Foreign News
Thomas Furman
Josh Mellman
David Ralis
Addam Schwartz
​The print desk is responsible for the curation, presentation and visual design of all print sections of The Inquirer and Daily News; designers also contribute to infographics and digital storytelling.
Deputy Managing Editor, Print
Stephen Glynn
Deputy Managing Editor, Sunday
Tom McNamara
Lead Print Coordinator Inquirer
Keith Petersen
Lead Print Coordinator Daily News
Christine Sherman

Print Coordinators

Lidija Dorjkhand
William Reed
Lynn Ross
Scott Sturgis
James Swan
Reid Tuvim
David Williams

News Designers

Sterling Chen
Cynthia Greer
Denise Harper
Amy Junod
Amy Raudenbush
Susan Syrnick
Robert West
 

Finance and Administration Manager

Helene Glowienka

Editorial Assistants

Barry Zukerman
Kamala Boyer
Lorenzo Biggs
Sherelle McZeal
 

Executive Editor / Senior Vice President

Stan Wischnowski

Editor / Vice President

Gabriel Escobar

Editor-at-Large / Vice President

William K. Marimow

Editor, Reader Engagement / Vice President

Michael Days

Managing Editors

Kim Fox Audience
Patrick Kerkstra Digital Content
Pat McLoone Sports
Sandra Shea Opinion
Eric Ulken Digital Projects

Editorial Page Manager

Harold Jackson

Deputy Managing Editors

Michelle Bjork Multiplatform
Stephen Glynn Print
Tom McNamara Sunday
James Neff Investigations
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