Idol Chatter, 2002: The art on this cover was masterfully done. It looked great in the honor boxes, which is always important. And a lot of people didn't know Bowie had a Philly connection, so the article was well-liked.
Fetal Position, 1993: This is a classic example of the Welcomat's strength: taking strong, controversial positions without fear.
A Shot in the Dark, 2000: Solomon Jones’ “Young, White and Hooked” was a story about the young men and women who came to Philadelphia for its pure heroin and wound up begging on downtown streets. It was a landmark piece. Jessica Griffin’s photographs were raw, pure and haunting.
The paper you now hold in your hands, PW, has been around for 40 years—more or less. Like most media stories, it’s a bit more complicated than that. No matter the changes, though, there is a through line in the paper’s history: a renegade spirit and a determination to give voices to the voiceless.
Letters to the Editor