AP’s Toolan To Become ‘Philly Inky’ Biz Editor

By: Joe Strupp

Brian Toolan, former editor of The Hartford Courant and national editor for the Associated Press, is joining The Philadelphia Inquirer as its business editor, according to an Inquirer staff memo.

The memo, first posted on the Poynter.org Romenesko site, said that Toolan would replace Tony Gnoffo. It also notes that Toolan spent 16 years at the Inquirer’s sister paper, the Philadelphia Daily News, from 1982 to 1998.

The entire memo from Inquirer Deputy Managing Editor Vernon Loeb is posted below:

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Colleagues:

I’m very pleased to announce that Brian Toolan, national editor at the Associated Press and former editor of the Hartford Courant, will join The Inquirer as business editor, succeeding Tony Gnoffo. Brian currently oversees all daily and enterprise reporting nationally for the AP, managing 65 domestic news bureaus, the 35-editor National Desk, the Health & Science Desk and the National Reporting Team.

The Hartford Courant, under Brian?s leadership from 1998 to 2006, won the 1998 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news reporting and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Locally, Brian is still best known and fondly remembered for the 16 years he spent at our sister paper, the Philadelphia Daily News, from 1982 to 1998, where he started as a layout editor in sports and went on to become sports editor, assistant managing editor for news and, ultimately, managing editor.

Brian is a 1972 graduate of St. Bonaventure University and began his distinguished career in journalism at the Scranton Tribune as a reporter and sports writer. He resides in New Hope and, as of two weeks from today, will no longer have to make the arduous early morning commute to Manhattan. Please join me in welcoming Brian back to Philadelphia.

Vernon [Loeb, deputy managing editor/news]

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