A Conversation with Marty Baron, Editor of The Washington Post


Monday, April 4, 2016, 6:00pm to 7:00pm


Nye ABC, Taubman Building, Harvard Kennedy School

Co-sponsored by the Shorenstein Center, Harvard Kennedy School

Join us for a conversation with Marty Baron, editor of The Washington Post and former editor of The Boston Globe (2001-2012), moderated by Tom Ashbrook, journalist and host of the nationally-syndicated On Point on Boston’s WBUR. Baron, profiled in the movie Spotlight for his work to quickly mobilize Globe reporters investigating systemic child sex abuse charges in the Catholic Church, will speak to the themes of leadership and resilience. In addition to discussing the Catholic Church investigation, Baron will address the changing world of journalism, including increased risks to foreign correspondents – Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian was held for 550 days in prison in Iran – risks to press freedom around the globe, and navigating the courses of traditional print and digital media.


Martin “Marty” Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post on January 2, 2013. He oversees the Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of about 700 journalists.
In 2014, The Post won two Pulitzer Prices, one in the category of public service for revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency and the other for explanatory journalism about food stamps in America. In 2015, The Post won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for its coverage of security lapses in the Secret Service.
Previously, Baron had been editor of The Boston Globe. During his 11 ½ years there, The Globe won six Pulitzer prizes—for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting and criticism. 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.
Baron was named Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2001, and Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation in 2004.
He began his journalism career at The Miami Herald in 1976, serving as a state reporter and later as a business writer. In 1979, he moved to The Los Angeles Times, where he became business editor in 1983; assistant managing editor for page-one special reports, public opinion polling and special projects in 1991; and, in 1993, editor of the newspaper’s Orange County Edition, which then had about 165 staffers.
In 1996, Baron moved to The New York Times; 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.