The Philadelphia Inquirer is pleased to announce that Michael Days has been promoted to newly-created role of Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, effective immediately. The position was created to systematically formalize how the company fully embraces diversity and inclusion, and in so doing better reflects the community it serves.

“We recognize the critical role that a diverse and inclusive work environment plays in the overall success of an organization,” said Terry Egger, Publisher of the Inquirer. “While we have made demonstrable progress as a company in this regard, we recognize that there is much work that remains to be done and we aggressively want to get it done. Mike Days is a proven and remarkable leader in our company and community. He has a great passion for this effort and we are thrilled that he has agreed to take the lead with this new executive position.”

Before his most recent role as Vice President, Editor for Reader Engagement, Mike spent 10 years as editor of the Philadelphia Daily News, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2010 under his leadership. He began his career as a reporter, working in Minneapolis; in Rochester, N.Y.; and at the Louisville Courier-Journal. He worked in the Philadelphia bureau of the Wall Street Journal before joining the Daily News.  

In 2014, Days was awarded the prestigious Robert G. McGruder Award for Diversity Leadership. The McGruder Award is given annually to individuals, news organizations or teams of journalists who embody the spirit of McGruder, a former newsroom leader of the Detroit Free Press and Cleveland Plain Dealer. McGruder, who died in 2002, was considered one of the most relentless diversity champions in the industry.

“I am thrilled to be taking on this new and important role for the company,” Days said. “It’s been clear to me since I first walked into a newsroom decades ago that the composition of a newsroom weighs heavily on how the organization views those for which it writes and how that community views the institution.”

As Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, Days will be responsible for spearheading all diversity and inclusion training with the goals of attracting, developing and retaining diverse staff. He will work with all executive leadership and their teams to ensure the Inquirer is viewed as a desirable place to work and build a career. He will report directly to Egger.

“No one is better suited than Mike to lead our company toward a meaningful diversity and inclusion strategy,” said Stan Wischnowski, Executive Editor, Sr. Vice President of the Inquirer. “He has so much respect across the company, a proven record of recruiting talented journalists of color, and also for running a newspaper that is reflective of the many communities we serve.”

Days spearheaded the search for the 2018 class of six Lenfest Fellows, a two-year fellowship program funded by The Lenfest Institute for Journalism that is aimed at diversifying both the newsroom and coverage provided to Inquirer readers. He will continue to develop and implement training programs such as the fellowship to prepare employees for ongoing opportunities within the company.  

Days will work closely with the Talent Acquisition team to identify and implement strategic opportunities to develop diverse candidate pipelines. This includes recruiting in local communities in which the Inquirer operates and, to the extent possible, ensure that the finalist pool for every position appropriately reflects that diversity. He will also explore best practices and develop strategies to create diverse internal leadership pipelines.