Fired Philadelphia City Paper Editor-in-Chief Got Mixed Reviews

may 20, 2004  10:15 am
Howard Altman cleaned out his desk on Friday, May 14. He was fired by Publisher Paul Curci after a little over a year in the top editorial job and nearly a decade at the paper. Mike Newall reports in the rival PW-Philadelphia Weekly that some former staffers describe Altman as too disorganized, too wrapped up in his own reporting and weekly column to fulfill his leadership responsibilities, and too much of a news hound to appreciate the work of the arts staff. Others praised him as a hard-boiled reporter and an editor who nurtured reporters by not interfering with their writing voices.