The Philadelphia Inquirer names Lisa Hughes as new publisher

Mike DeNardo
January 14, 2020 - 6:02 pm
Lisa Hughes.

Courtesy of The Philadelphia Inquirer

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Philadelphia Inquirer has named a new publisher, and she's the first female publisher in the paper's 190-year history.  

Lisa Hughes replaces Terry Egger, who is retiring after four years as the Inquirer's publisher. The 59-year-old spent much of her career in the magazine industry, including nine years at the New Yorker.

She says there are parallels between the job she left in 2017 and local journalism.

"Some of the values are the same, of the New Yorker and the Philadelphia Inquirer. And I think there was a feeling that I could understand the mission, respect the mission and also help with the digital transformation that needs to happen," she said. 

She says she wasn't aware when interviewing for the job that the Inquirer had never had a woman publisher. She joked that it's about time, and she views it as an opportunity amplify the voices of women, people of color, the LGBTQ community and others. 

Hughes serves on the Inquirer's Board of Directors, so she says she's familiar with the company's strategic priorities. She begins Feb. 3.