Managing Editor Wendy Harris is leaving the Notebook after nine years, during which she helped oversee massive changes in the publication.
Harris’ tenure spanned a critical period when the Notebook expanded from producing only a print periodical several times a year. It added an online news site updated daily.
Former longtime Notebook editor and publisher Paul Socolar described her as a “calm, steady presence” who “oversaw a number of the big changes that made the Notebook what it is today.”
Those changes included a redesign of the newspaper to a full-color print publication and “the leap we took into the realm of 24/7 news organizations when we started providing breaking news coverage online in 2009,” Socolar said.
Before coming to the Notebook, Harris worked at Black Enterprise magazine as a staff editor and contributing writer. She is also the author of two books: Black Enterprise Guide to Starting Your Own Business and Against All Odds: 10 Entrepreneurs Who Followed Their Hearts and Found Success.
"The Notebook has been so lucky to have Wendy Harris as our managing editor for many years. She is professional, organized, a pleasure to work with, and a hard worker," said Notebook publisher Maria Archangelo.
Socolar noted that among the staff, Harris “was a consistent advocate for making sure that our reporting included and did justice to the voices and opinions of students. And she gracefully guided and edited the work of a wide range of contributing writers, from veteran journalists to novice student interns.”
Harris said that she enjoyed helping the organization grow and change “in ways that have brought great value to the education community in Philadelphia.”
As for her experiences, she cited meeting Michelle Obama when she visited Philadelphia to promote her Let's Move initiative, covering the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and helping to launch the Notebook’s first-ever fall guide to high schools.
“I am proud to have been a part of a team that has made such a great impact,” she said.
Harris, who has a young son, earned a degree in journalism from Penn State University. She will be taking a communications position in the Human Resources Department at the University of Pennsylvania.