The Philadelphia Inquirer names Lisa Hughes first female publisher

The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Anna Orso has a historic story Tuesday as the paper has named Lisa Hughes its first female publisher in The Inquirer’s 190-year history.

Hughes, who is a member of the company’s board of directors, will take over Feb. 3, 2020. She was chosen, according to those involved in the selection, “because of her work for nearly nine years leading business operations at The New Yorker.”

“Nothing matters more in our democracy than local journalism,” Hughes, 59, said, “to speak truth to power, to hold elected officials accountable, to celebrate our sports teams’ wins and losses, and to report on justice reform and the education system and gun violence, all of which has been part of The Inquirer’s beat for 190 years.”

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Hughes’ naming comes with the news that The Inquirer Chief Executive Officer and Publisher Terrance C.Z. “Terry” Egger will retire. Hughes said she plans to build on the strategies Egger developed to “diversify revenue sources, both through commercial means and philanthropy, to preserve local journalism in a time of economic turmoil.”

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