Gary Farrugia became Publisher of The Day Publishing Co. in January 2002. Before arriving in New London, Farrugia worked 18 years at The Philadelphia Inquirer. In 1991, he led a reporting team that was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for coverage of the death of US Sen. John Heinz and seven others in a mid-air collision above a crowded Philadelphia schoolyard.
In 1994, Farrugia became News Director of Inquirer News Tonight, a nightly newscast that aired on a local Philadelphia broadcast television station. In 1996, Farrugia returned to the newspaper to head KR Video, a television documentary production company. KR Video produced documentaries for CNN and PBS including Black Hawk Down, which later became a best-selling book and major motion picture.
In 2000, Farrugia was named Vice President for New Business Development at The Inquirer. There, he managed five subsidiary companies including KR Video, Database Marketing, Broad Street Custom Publishing, News Research, and PhillyTech Magazine.
[CT-E 0101] - Epiphany XIX: Gary Farrugia, publisher, The Day; New London, Conn. (3:31)
Gary Farrugia was a news editor at the Philadelphia Inquirer when a senator died in a helicopter crash and the reporting of the accident left an indelible impression on at least one reader.