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Phil Heron, Executive Editor, Delaware County Daily Times

Philip E. Heron, 61, was named executive editor of the Delaware County Daily Times in April 1989.

Heron joined the Daily Times in 1982 as day city editor. He later worked on the night copy desk and also as Sunday editor.

Prior to joining the Daily Times, Phil worked as a reporter and wire editor at The Record in Coatesville, Pa. He also worked on the copy desk of the Denver Post and as a freelance writer for the Colorado Daily in Boulder, Colo.

Heron grew up in Oxford, Chester County, and attended Lincoln University for two years before receiving his degree in journalism from the University of Colorado in 1978.

He has won numerous awards from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, the Associated Press Managing Editors, Philadelphia Press Association and Society of Professional Journalists for column and editorial writing, as well as headline writing, his first love (aside from his wife).

Recently he won first place awards from the Philadelphia Press Association and SPJ’s Philly chapter for columns and editorials on the massive effort to save the region’s refineries.

For work published in 2013 he was first place awards for headlines and editorial writing from the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association.

This past year he took first-place awards from the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors and the Pennsylvania Newspaper Association for column and editorial writing.

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