By: E&P Staff
Harold Jackson has been appointed editorial page director of The Philadelphia Inquirer. He was deputy editorial page editor of the paper. Jackson succeeds Chris Satullo. Satullo announced this summer he was stepping down from his position but he will continue to write a weekly column for the Sunday paper.
“Chris Satullo was a great editorial page editor so following him is part of the challenge,” Jackson said in a statement. “But I’m excited about that, I want to make our opinion pages even more inviting to a diversity of readers who, beyond information, want intellectual stimulation.”
Jackson joined the Inquirer in 1999 as the New Jersey commentary page editor. Prior to that he served as an editorial writer at The Sun in Baltimore. He also worked in various positions at the Birmingham (Ala.) News.
In 1991, Jackson, along with two other writers, won the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing at the Birmingham News for editorials criticizing Alabama’s discriminatory and antiquated tax system.
“Harold brings a tremendous knowledge of the challenges and opportunities of this region, having lived in the area for the past eight years,” Brian Tierney, publisher of the Inquirer, said in a statement. “He also brings a wider point of view growing up in Alabama during the height of the civil rights movement and remembering vividly how his family reacted to the bombing of the Sixteenth Baptist Church in Birmingham.”