About this Collection

Water M. Phillips interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders on subjects related to Philadelphia city government and history between the late 1930s and the 1970s. Related collection: Walter M. Phillips, Sr. Papers (Acc. 527)

About this Interview

Joseph H. Miller, former political writer and political editor of the Philadelphia Inquirer, discusses how he came to be a journalist and what his early training was. He stayed with the Inquirer for thirty-eight years before he retired in 1972. He goes on to discuss the Annenbergs' involvement in publishing and politics. Walter Annenberg, publisher, philanthropist, and diplomat took over as publisher and editor of the Inquirer in the early 1940s while Miller was working there. Good government was a primary issue Annenberg was interested in. He trusted Miller's judgment in delivering fair treatment of the news, reporting both sides of an issue. Annenberg did, however, support Democrat Dick Dilworth for mayor in the late 1940s and 1950s. Miller discusses various political figures and newspapermen, including Joe Pew, Dilworth, Joe Clark, Bill Green, Frank Smith, Matt McCloskey, and Dave Stern, among others. He concludes by emphasizing that the Annenbergs never told him how to write a story, or how to slant a story, and they never pressed him about where he got a story. </descri>

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Biographical / Historical Note

Walter M. Phillips, Sr. (1912-1985) was active in Philadelphia civic and political life for over thirty years. He worked and volunteered in a variety of city and regional organizations. After retiring, Phillips initiated an oral history project, interviewing in the 1970s many individuals with whom he had worked.

Record Details

Joseph H. Miller Oral History, October 7, 1976
Municipal officials and employees, Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Miller, Joseph H.
Personal Names:
Dilworth, Richardson, 1898-1974, Pew, Joe, Clark, Joseph S., Green, William Joseph, 1910-1963, Smith, Frank, McCloskey, Matthew H., Stern, David, Annenberg, Walter H., 1908-2002
Geographic Subject:
Philadelphia (Pa.)
Organization / Building:
Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily News (Firm)
Repository Collection:
Walter Massey Phillips Oral Histories
Oral Histories
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Walter Massey Phillips Oral Histories

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Walter M. Phillips initiated an oral history project, and between c. 1974 and 1980 interviewed over 150 civic and political leaders.
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