Zack Stalberg Retires at 'Philly Daily News'; Michael Days to Become Editor

By: E&P Staff In a surprise move, Zack Stalberg, editor of The Philadelphia Daily News, will retire within two weeks, to be replaced by Managing Editor Michael Days.

A memo on the change from Joe Natoli, who heads operations at the paper, was posted on the Romenesko site at the Poynter Institute.

Stalberg has been with the Daily News for 34 years, the past 20 years as its editor.

?Zack is 57 and has felt for some time that he wanted to do something new before his working days were through,? Natoli wrote. ?He could not fully explore the possibilities while serving as the People Paper's editor. Fortunately, he will continue to play a role with Knight Ridder and PNI as a consultant. He plans to stay in Philadelphia and continue to campaign for positive change in the city -- no longer bound by the restrictions of a journalist.?

Under Stalberg, the paper won two Pulitzers. The memo quoted Stalberg saying, ?It would have been easy for me to do this forever, but easy never really appealed to me. So I'm off in search of a 'second act.' And I find the prospect of that truly exciting."

Days, his successor, worked at The Courier-Journal in Louisville, Ky., and The Wall Street Journal before joining the Daily News nearly 20 years ago.


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