After a national search, Philadelphia native Maria Archangelo has been hired as publisher and executive director of the Philadelphia Public School Notebook, the Notebook’s board of directors announced today. Archangelo succeeds Paul Socolar, who co-founded the Notebook nearly 22 years ago.
The Notebook is an independent, nonprofit news service that focuses on issues of public education that are of vital importance to the city of Philadelphia. Established first as a quarterly newspaper, the Notebook is now updated daily online and a print edition is published six times per year, providing news and commentary. It serves as an information source for educators, parents and students, and a voice for those working for quality and equity in Philadelphia's public education system.
“It’s such a thrill to come home to Philadelphia, and to such an important organization as the Notebook,” Archangelo said. “We plan to build on the wonderful foundation that Paul Socolar, the staff of the Notebook, and the board of directors have developed, and to continue to press for the high-quality public education that families in the city deserve.”
Archangelo grew up in Philadelphia’s Olney neighborhood and studied journalism at Temple University. She began her career at The Philadelphia Inquirer before moving to Maryland, where she was a reporter at The Baltimore Sun and later managing editor at Patuxent Publishing Co., which became the Baltimore Sun Community News Group. After 11 years, she moved to Vermont, where she worked as the editor of the Barre-Montpelier Times Argus, and as publisher and general manager of the Stowe Reporter and Waterbury Record. Most recently, she was editor and co-publisher for Lynn Publications, a publisher of community news.
In its search for a new publisher, the Notebook board stated that it sought journalistic excellence, a community perspective, a passion for public education, and a focus on sustainability. “Maria brings what the Notebook needs at this point in its history,” said Harold Jordan, Notebook board chair, “including deep experience in community journalism as well as skills that will help the Notebook survive and grow in the challenging environment facing nonprofit media today. These talents make her a wonderful successor to our visionary founder, Paul Socolar.”
Socolar said, “We found a standout candidate – someone with an impressive track record as an editor and publisher, a dedication to public interest journalism, and strong connections to this city. The Notebook team is excited to be bringing Maria back to Philadelphia.”
Archangelo will begin her work with the Notebook on March 2. Socolar will be assisting with the transition and then stepping down to pursue other opportunities.