"Both of them know a good story when they see one, and they both know a story that needs attention when they see one," Marimow said when announcing Leary's and Long's appointments to the staff.
Marimow said he hoped that Long and Leary would have a "harmonious, collegial relationship" as they shared day-to-day responsibility for the Inquirer newsroom.
Leary, 58, was an investigative reporter and national and international correspondent at The Inquirer in the 1980s. In 1982, Leary and Marimow won the Silver Gavel award from the American Bar Association for an investigative story on the questionable tactics of an elite police-decoy squad. Several people said they had been framed by the squad.
Leary left The Inquirer in 2000 to become national editor at the Sun, where Marimow then was the top editor. Leary is now assistant managing editor for metro news at the Baltimore newspaper. "I'm glad to be back home," he said yesterday.
Long, a former reporter and editorial writer at the Bulletin who joined The Inquirer as a correspondent in 1983, has been the highest-ranking African American woman in the newsroom for some time.
She is author of "In Sandra's Shoes," a blog on the Inquirer Web site, where she describes her fight with breast cancer. After surgery and radiation treatment, Long said, she beat the cancer.
Long, 55, is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists.
"This will continue to be a great paper, and I want to be part of that," she said.
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