As a student at the University of Maryland, Sandra Long worked on her college newspaper all four years. But it was her internship at Newsweek which helped Long realize she wanted to pursue a career in daily journalism. After receiving her Bachelor of Science in Journalism from the College of Journalism, Long took a job as a staff reporter for the News Journal in Wilmington, Delaware. Long then went on to work for Philadelphia’s Evening Bulletin as a copy editor, writer and editor before joining the staff at the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The majority of Long’s distinguished 30+ year career has been spent at the Philadelphia Inquirer. She began working there as a correspondent in 1984, and today she is the Vice President of Newsroom Operations for Philadelphia Media Holdings – parent company for both the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Daily News. Long is also currently the Secretary-Treasurer of the Pennsylvania Society of Newspaper Editors.
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Career of Firsts
Throughout Long’s career, she has been a trailblazer:
The first African-American female to become Managing Editor at the Inquirer.
A founding member of the National Association of Black Journalist.
Developed an online only internship for Pennsylvania college students to cover the annual Keystone Awards conference held each May.
If her past performance is any indication, Long is sure to add many more “firsts” to this list.
A Health Scare
In 2006 Long learned she had breast cancer. The combination of early detection and treatment helped her to fight the disease. One year later she received a clean bill of health. Since then Long has sought to educate women about the importance of annual exams. Through speaking engagements and her Inquirer blog, In Sandra’s Shoes, she reiterates the importance of good physical and mental health.
Long has been recognized for her efforts with a Tribute Award from the American Cancer Society.
Tea and Conversation
Long began convening an annual gathering of African-American woman five years ago. The goal of the event, Tea and Conversation, is to provide staff members at the Philadelphia Inquirer, Daily News and philly.com with an opportunity to interact with residents. Long hopes the feedback from attendees can be used to develop news stories which address concerns in the community. In addition, the small group sessions allow woman of all socio-economic backgrounds to network and share their thoughts with each other.