Philadelphia Inquirer hires Joseph as deputy biz editor
Lison Joseph has been hired by the Philadelphia Inquirer as a deputy business editor.
Joseph was previously an assistant business editor at the Dallas Morning News where his business news team covered such core Texas concerns as energy, real estate and the economy along with industry giants Southwest and American Airlines.
One of his reporters recently did a deep dive on how local governments are outbidding themselves with taxpayer-financed incentives to lure businesses to town.
Another story he edited – focusing on a religious group praying for oil — got buried on the DMN website and had virtually no traffic. Joseph got the story before the right groups online and kept pushing it for over a week until it began to catch fire. It ultimately became one of the newsroom’s best read stories last year
Joseph previously oversaw an eight-person enterprise team at The News in Lancaster from 2015 to 2017, covering business, health care, education, politics, technology, agriculture and the environment.A native of India who speaks four languages, Joseph honed his reporting and editing chops at prestigious publications in India, including The Economic Times, Asia’s largest financial daily based in Bangalore, India, where his team reported on the country’s thriving tech sector.
He covered technology, telecommunications and pharmaceuticals as a staff writer at Mint, a daily business newspaper published by the owner of the Hindustan Times and in collaboration with the Wall Street Journal.
Lison earned a bachelor’s degree in economics in 2001 from Mahatma Gandhi University and a post-graduate diploma a year later from the competitive Asian College of Journalism.
While seeking a master’s degree at the University of Notre Dame, he spent six months in South Africa as a policy researcher for the Institute for Democracy in Cape Town. His dissertation focused on the media’s role in strengthening democracy in post-apartheid South Africa.
A member of the Asian American Journalists Association, Lison was a panelist at this year’s annual convention in Houston, inspiring others on how to build a career in business journalism.