Oral History Interviews

Interview: Arlene Morgan

Date of Interview: June 24, 2009
Place of Interview: New York City
Interviewer: Ford Risley

Biographical Summary
Arlene Notoro Morgan was born in 1945 in South Philadelphia. She graduated from Temple University and got her first job at the Delaware County Times. She joined The Philadelphia Inquirer as a suburban reporter and then became the newspaper’s suburban editor. After having a child and going on maternity leave, she became a news editor, the first woman to hold that position at the Inquirer.  She later became deputy metro editor and eventually assistant managing editor. She retired from the newspaper in 2000.

Interview Highlights
Morgan speaks about her work as a suburban reporter and editor; about the growth of The Philadelphia Inquirer after it was purchased by Knight-Ridder Co.; about being one of the first female editors; about the closing of the Philadelphia Bulletin and the merging of the staffs; about recruiting new staff members; and about the leadership of Gene Roberts as editor.