Stan Wischnowski, who has been serving as acting editor of the

Inquirer

since it emerged from bankruptcy, was permanently appointed yesterday to the newspaper's top editorial job.

Wischnowski was a deputy managing editor when he was tapped on Oct. 7 to replace former top editor William K. Marimow on an interim basis.

The following day, the Inquirer, Daily News and Philly.com emerged from a 20-month bankruptcy with new owners, the Philadelphia Media Network.

"As Acting Editor, [Wischnowski] exhibited the leadership and news judgment required to manage the dominant newspaper serving the fourth-largest media market in the U.S.," the company said yesterday in an e-mail sent to employees.

He "will be introducing new content in the paper early next year and will be working closely with Philly.com and the Daily News to launch several exciting interactive experiences on the various platforms within the Philadelphia Media Network," the company said.

- Daily News staff report