AWARD-WINNING Daily News editorial page editor Sandra Shea will be taking on a new challenge as director of strategic partnerships for Philadelphia Media Network, the company that owns the Daily News, Inquirer and Philly.com.
Shea, who joined the Daily News in 1990, played a pivotal role in the creation of the popular grant-funded project The Next Mayor - a collaborative effort funded by the Wyncote Foundation that partners with the Daily News, Inquirer, Philly.com, Temple University, Committee of Seventy, WHYY, WURD and others to cover the mayor's race.
She also advanced partnerships with WHYY, Temple University and other media covering the city budget and coordinated a widely read series on poverty.
In her new part-time role, Shea will continue her duties as the Daily News' editorial page editor, but will devote significant time cultivating strategic alliances with other media.
"This new role expands on Sandy's impressive resume, which includes recent honors in the 2015 Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors contest for editorial writing, in addition to numerous first place Keystone and SPJ awards," said Stan Wischnowski, vice president, news operations for Philadelphia Media Network, in making the announcement.
The 2012 winner of the Eugene C. Pulliam Fellowship for Editorial Writing, Shea has been editor of the Daily News editorial page since July 2006.
"Her incisive editorials have won her national attention, and alerted the Philadelphia public, as well as city officials, to the myriad of urban problems and their likely solution," Wischnowski said. "Her editorial series on Fairmount Park, co-written with Carol Towarnicky, was a 2002 Pulitzer finalist."