We hinted at more Philadelphia Inquirer departures a few months ago, and today one of those went official:
Thanks Domo. And you as well.
— Joe Juliano (@JoeJulesinq) December 21, 2021
Juliano did a little bit of everything for the Inquirer, focusing most recently on Penn State football and Villanova basketball. He wrote about golf and handled the paper’s Penn Relays coverage, and there was a stint covering the Sixers from 2003 to 2007. According to Joe’s profile at The Broadcast Pioneers of Philadelphia website, “…he came to the Inquirer after ten years at United Press International, where he spent his last seven years as their Philadelphia Sports Editor. He also worked in UPI bureaus located in Miami and Trenton.”
Joe was one of the few guys left who was writing about non-professional sports. If you look at what the Inquirer is doing now, they have college students chipping in to complement Mike Jensen’s work. Same thing with high schools. One of their contributors is a kid who graduates from Penn in 2023, so this ain’t your grandmother’s Inquirer.
Juliano’s departure is part of the paper’s shift into newer, digital-focused content. There’s one more departure to go, which should be announced soon, but over the past two years the paper has seen the following folks leave: Mike Kern, Dick Jerardi, Sam Donnellon, John Smallwood (RIP), Rick O’Brien, Bob Ford, Phil Anastasia, Les Bowen, Paul Domowitch, Marc Narducci, Ed Barkowitz, Bob Brookover, and Frank Fitzpatrick.