Before joining DFM, Mr. Topel, a Syracuse University graduate, spent more than a decade at the Philadelphia Inquirer in a variety of editing positions. His time there included stints as deputy national/foreign editor and editor of the New Jersey bureau, overseeing the paper’s coverage in the Garden State. He also was part of the newspaper chain’s coverage team for Hurricane Katrina, the Iraq War and two political conventions.
In his last job there, Mr. Topel was Senior Editor for Digital Content, helping develop and then run a hyperlocal project.
Before joining the Inquirer, Mr. Topel worked for the Associated Press in Boston and Denver. As news editor in Colorado, he oversaw coverage of the federal trial of Timothy McVeigh, the aftermath of the JonBenet Ramsey slaying and the Columbine massacre, among other stories.
His awards include a Knight Ridder Excellence Award, as part of the Iraq War coverage team, in 2003, and an APME deadline coverage award, for the Columbine shootings.
Mr. Topel lives in Moorestown, N.J., with his wife, Emma, their three children, Maggie, Alex and Marcus, and Maggie’s cat, Richard Parker.