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Martin Baron

Executive Editor
The Washington Post

Martin “Marty” Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post on January 2, 2013. He oversees the Post’s print and digital news operations, as well as its 700 journalists. In 2016, The Post won the Pulitzer Prize in the category of national reporting for a ground-breaking project that chronicled every killing by a police officer over the previous year. In 2015, The Post won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for its coverage of security lapses in the Secret Service. In 2014, The Post also won two Pulitzer Prices, one in the category of public service for revelations of secret surveillance by the NSA and the other for explanatory journalism about food stamps in America.

Previously, Baron had been editor of The Boston Globe. During his 11 ½ years there, The Globe won six Pulitzer prizes. The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was awarded to the Globe in 2003 for its investigation into a pattern of concealing clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Prior to The Globe, he held top editing positions at The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The Miami Herald. Under his leadership, The Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Coverage in 2001 for its coverage of the raid to recover Elián González, the Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute.

He began his journalism career at The Miami Herald in 1976. In 1979, he moved to The Los Angeles Times, where he became business editor in 1983. In 1996, Baron moved to The New York Times, where he became associate managing editor responsible for the nighttime news operations of the newspaper in 1997. He was named executive editor at The Miami Herald at the start of 2000.

Born in 1954 and raised in Tampa, FL, Baron speaks fluent Spanish. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1976 with both BA and MBA degrees.

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The Washington Post in Trump’s America and a digital world

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The challenges to mainstream media continue to mount. First, it was digital disruption. Then it was fake news. And then, in the United States, came President Trump. As much as any news organisation, The Washington Post has been at the centre of all these challenges. The Post’s newsroom leader will outline how his organisation envisions […]

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