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Brian McGrory, 23-Year Veteran of The Boston Globe, is Named Editor

  Brian McGrory, 23-Year Veteran of The Boston Globe, is Named Editor

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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 2004.

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 funeral.

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.

About The Boston Globe

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leading global, multimedia news and information company with 2011 revenues of
$2.3 billion, includes The New York Times, the International Herald Tribune,
The Boston Globe, NYTimes.com, BostonGlobe.com, Boston.com and related
properties. The Company’s core purpose is to enhance society by creating,
collecting and distributing high-quality news and information.

Contact:

Boston Globe
Ellen Clegg, 617-929-3339
ellen.clegg@globe.com
@BostonGlobePR
 
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