Philadelphia Inquirer Editor Gabriel Escobar announced today that Michael Huang is joining the organization as Managing Editor for Sports. Huang starts at The Inquirer on April 19.
Huang will oversee The Inquirer’s sports coverage as the paper continues its transformation into a multi-platform news organization. Huang has an impressive and varied background in sports, including editing teams that cover the NFL and the NBA for ESPN.com.
“I am delighted Michael is joining The Inquirer as Managing Editor for Sports,” Escobar said. “He has an impressive sports journalism pedigree and his experience with the subscription-model is especially relevant for us now and going forward.”
While at ESPN, Huang also spent two and half years traveling to China and overseeing content across platforms for an ESPN-Tencent partnership. His documentary on former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury was the first ESPN piece ever filmed in the country. During his tenure at the worldwide leader of sports, he also worked on the website’s international features and enterprise team, directing and producing content across platforms for ESPN.com’s global sites. Most recently, Huang oversaw content and production for the NFL’s AFC and NFC North divisions.
“I’m excited to join the talented team at The Philadelphia Inquirer and cover a world-class sports town with fans whose passion is second to none,” Huang said. “I look forward to helping connect with current and new readers through top-quality journalism and innovative storytelling.”
Before joining ESPN, Huang spent nearly a decade with the Chicago Cubs, first as manager of editorial projects and then as managing editor of all publications for the club, including print and digital.
Huang is an active champion of diversity and inclusion serving as a chairman of an employee resource group — Asian Business Leaders of ESPN — and as co-chair of a diversity outreach committee that created a talent pipeline in schools for ESPN and its corporate parent, The Walt Disney Company. He is also past chairman of the Asian American Journalists Association’s (AAJA) Sports Task Force and has helped place numerous AAPI sports journalists at metro dailies and national outlets around the country.
Huang is an adjunct professor at New York University, focusing on sports journalism. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Marquette University and a master of arts in writing from DePaul University.