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Bill Marimow Out As Editor Of Philadelphia Inquirer

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(The newsroom of the Philadelphia Inquirer, near 9th and Market Streets.  File photo by Steve Tawa)

(The newsroom of the Philadelphia Inquirer, near 9th and Market Streets. File photo by Steve Tawa)

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By Pat Loeb

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — There’s been another shake-up at the Philadelphia Inquirer. Publisher Bob Hall says he’s fired the editor.

This is the second time Bill Marimow has been fired from the Inquirer. The two-time Pulitzer winner was fired by the hedge funds who got the paper in bankruptcy, in 2010, but was brought back, last year when the paper again changed hands. At the time, the new owners called him “the most respected journalist in the nation” and “the best in the business,” but in the last several months, there have been reports that Marimow is at the center of a power struggle between factions of the ownership group, with South Jersey democratic party leader George Norcross on one side, wanting Marimow out, and parking magnate Lew Katz and philanthropist Jerry Lenfest on the other, supporting his leadership.

Hall reportedly told staff members Marimow was fired because he wants to take the paper in a new direction but other sources say it was because he refused an order to fire staff members. Marimow is reported to be fighting the ouster. Calls to Norcross, Katz, Lenfest, Hall and Marimow were not returned.

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