By: Joe Strupp
Sandra D. Long, a Philadelphia Inquirer deputy managing editor, has been appointed to one of two managing editor positions, the paper revealed today, adding that she is the first African-American woman in that post.
?It?s great to be able to focus on the journalism again,? said Long, an Inquirer employee since 1984. ?The Inquirer has overcome several obstacles in the last few years and we?ve already made great strides under Philadelphia Media Holdings. I am looking forward to ushering The Inquirer into a new era.?
Long will be responsible for production-related activities and become the newsroom liaison with business operations, the paper said.
She will be joined by Managing Editor Mike Leary, who will oversee newsgathering operations. Both replace former managing editor Anne Gordon, who announced her resignation April 30. They will share day-to-day responsibility for the Inquirer newsroom.
?I first began working with Sandra in 1987, and her work has always been impressive,? Marimow said in a statement. ?She?s a great asset to our newspaper. And most importantly, she knows a good story when she sees one and she knows how to transform a story that needs work into a good one.?
In addition to her new managing editor duties, Long also authors her blog ?In Sandra?s Shoes? on The Inquirer?s Web Site where she describes her fight with breast cancer.
She is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, a member of the Philadelphia Association of Black Journalists and of the National Association of Minority Media Executives.