Martin “Marty” Baron Named Executive Editor of The Washington Post

  Martin “Marty” Baron Named Executive Editor of The Washington Post

     Baron Succeeds Marcus Brauchli; Brauchli Named Vice President of The
                           Washington Post Company

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WASHINGTON -- November 13, 2012

The Washington Post today announced that Marty Baron has been named executive
editor of The Washington Post effective January 2, 2013.

“We are thrilled to have Marty Baron lead The Washington Post’s newsroom,”
said Katharine Weymouth, publisher of The Post. “He has a demonstrated record
of producing the highest quality journalism, which matches the legacy and
expectations of The Post.”

Baron comes to The Post from The Boston Globe, where he has served as editor
since July 30, 2001. He previously held top editing positions at The New York
Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Miami Herald.

“The Washington Post has played a defining and inspirational role in American
journalism, and today it continues to lead as our profession undergoes a
dramatic, urgent, and exciting transformation,” said Baron. “I am honored to
join the supremely talented and dedicated journalists at The Washington Post.”

Under Baron’s leadership, the Globe won six Pulitzer prizes, including those
for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting, and criticism.
The Globe received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for a Globe
Spotlight Team investigation into the cover-up of clergy sex abuse in the
Catholic Church.

In directing the Globe newsroom, Baron has overseen the editorial operations
of, which draws more than 6 million monthly unique visitors and
ranks among the nation’s largest newspaper websites; and, a
subscription-based site that was launched in late 2011. The Globe this year
won six national Edward R. Murrow Awards in the competition sponsored by the
Radio Television Digital News Association, and won three EPPY
awards in the competition sponsored by Editor & Publisher magazine.

Prior to joining the Globe, Baron was executive editor of The Miami Herald.
During his tenure, the newspaper 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 April
of 2001, and he was selected by the National Press Foundation as “Editor of
the Year” in 2004. In 2012, he was awarded the Stephen Hamblett First
Amendment Award by the New England First Amendment Coalition and was elected a
member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Baron succeeds Marcus Brauchli, who will step down, effective December 31, to
assume a new role as Vice President of The Washington Post Company, working
closely with chairman and CEO Don Graham to review and evaluate new media

“Marcus has contributed immeasurably in the more than four years he has been
at the helm of this newsroom,” Weymouth said. “Under his leadership, we have
become one newsroom publishing on multiple platforms, traffic has grown
substantially and we are consistently recognized as among the most innovative
mainstream news sites.”

“I am enormously proud of what we have accomplished here, and honored to have
worked among so many brilliant journalists,” Brauchli said. “There is no finer

Under Brauchli, The Post’s newsroom won four Pulitzer Prizes, and was a
finalist for eight others. The Post also won an array of other awards
including a George Polk, a Peabody, several Overseas Press Club awards and
citations, and recognition from state press associations in Maryland and
Virginia and international news-design organizations.

The acclaim came for a wide array of stories, including powerful
accountability projects such as Top Secret America, which depicted the massive
growth in the U.S. national-security establishment since Sept. 11; Capitol
Assets, a project looking at the pervasive conflicts of interest in Congress;
The Permanent War, an examination of how counterterrorism has created an
infrastructure for engaging with enemies around the world; and a running
investigation into corruption and mismanagement in the District of Columbia’s

Brauchli came to The Post from The Wall Street Journal, where he rose from
foreign correspondent, to national editor, global editor and deputy managing
editor before assuming the top news job of managing editor.

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