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Brian McGrory, 23-Year Veteran of The Boston Globe, Is Named
BOSTON - (DECEMBER 20, 2012) Brian McGrory, a 23-year veteran of
The Boston Globe who led groundbreaking coverage of corruption
as an editor, and writes with depth and texture about the region
as a columnist, has been named the next editor of The Boston
Globe, effective immediately.
Mr. McGrory, 51, will report to Christopher M. Mayer, Globe
Publisher. A Boston native, he will be charged with running the
newsroom for The Boston Globe and BostonGlobe.com and the
newsroom’s contribution to Boston.com.
“Brian has distinguished himself throughout his career at the
Globe as a reporter, editor and columnist and as a native of
Boston, he is the ideal candidate to lead the Globe’s newsroom,”
said Mr. Mayer. “Brian will continue to emphasize the
accountability reporting that has been the Globe’s trademark,
combined with narrative storytelling that gives readers a strong
sense of our unique community.”
“This is a great honor to guide the Boston Globe news
operations, since I grew up delivering the Globe, then reading
the Globe, and later writing for the Globe,” said Mr. McGrory.
“It is also a great honor to work with my colleagues and build
on what I believe is the best metro newspaper in America.”
Mr. McGrory joined the Globe in 1989 as one of the first
reporters hired into the South Weekly section. Since then, he
has covered the city of Boston as a general assignment reporter,
served as White House correspondent, and as a roving national
correspondent. In 1998, he became a metro columnist, and quickly
made his mark as a must read. He was named associate editor in
In 2007, he was named deputy managing editor for local news. He
led the metro staff in a comprehensive investigation of
corruption and cronyism on Beacon Hill that eventually led to
resignations and indictments.
Governor Deval Patrick and the State Legislature passed a
pension reform bill after an investigation by the Globe revealed
public pension abuses, coverage that brought Sean Murphy
recognition as a finalist for the Goldsmith Investigative
Reporting Prize by the Shorenstein Center on the Press,
Politics, and Public Policy at Harvard University. Under
McGrory, the newsroom also reported extensively on a city system
that bestowed benefits on favored developers.
He directed wide-ranging, sensitive coverage of Senator Edward
M. Kennedy’s struggle with brain cancer, his death, and his
McGrory steered the metro staff to new levels of narrative
journalism, stressing the value of vivid and detailed
storytelling in an era when consumers have many media choices.
An 8,000-word narrative about a pair of sisters who died in an
arson fire in South Boston after years of neglect won the Casey
Medal for Meritorious Journalism and led to widespread reforms
in government services for children.
After nearly three years as metro editor, he resumed his twice-a-week metro front column, where he has regularly enlightened
readers about the quirks and character of the community and held
public officials and business leaders accountable. He is the
author of a memoir and four novels.
“During his tenure as metro editor, Brian built a strong team of
reporters and editors and imbued the newsroom with a competitive
spirit. Day after day, Brian and his team delivered award-winning journalism, in print and online,” Mayer added.
McGrory was raised in Roslindale and Weymouth. He received a
B.A. from Bates College in Maine, and worked early in his career
at the New Haven Register and The Patriot Ledger in Quincy.
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Ellen Clegg, 617-929-3339, email@example.com, @BostonGlobePR
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