By: Joe Strupp
Former Philadelphia Inquirer reporter and acclaimed author Mark Bowden will rejoin the paper as a columnist in the Sunday “Currents” section, the Inquirer revealed Tuesday.
Bowden, a staff reporter for the paper from 1979 to 2003, will write his first column for the Feb. 11 edition, according to a release posted on the Poynter.org Romenesko site. He is best known outside of the newspaper for his book, “Black Hawk Down,” which told the story of American soldiers in the Battle of Mogadishu, Somalia.
The 1999 book, which eventually became a 2001 film, was based on a 29-part series Bowden wrote for the Inquirer in 1997.
“Mark’s diverse experiences as a journalist, bestselling author and screenwriter will delight readers interested in his unique world view,” Brian Tierney, Philadelphia Media Holdings CEO and Inquirer publisher, said in the release. “We’re thrilled that Mark will be joining the strong ranks of our current line-up of writers.”
Editorial Page Editor Chris Satullo agreed, calling Bowden “a world-class journalist who is expert on topics ranging from Iran’s inner workings to SEPTA’s foibles, thanks to a lifetime of gutsy, in-depth, clear-eyed reporting.”
“I’m excited to rejoin the Philadelphia Inquirer staff,” Bowden said. “I look forward to reconnecting with readers in the region where I have continued to live since I left the Inquirer in 2003.”