|Born||October 24, 1954|
|Alma mater||Lehigh University|
|Occupation||Executive Editor, The Washington Post|
|Notable credit(s)||The Boston Globe,
The New York Times,
The Washington Post,
The Los Angeles Times,
The Miami Herald
Martin "Marty" Baron (born October 24, 1954) is an American journalist who has been editor of The Washington Post since December 31, 2012, after having been editor of The Boston Globe from 2001 to 2012.
In 2017, Baron was involved in highly publicized fake news hoax purporting Russian cybernetic intrusions into the United Stated power grid. The story had no factual basis and was quietly withdrawn with only a discrete correction offered after wide circulation.
Baron was born in Tampa, Florida to Jewish immigrants from Israel. He attended Berkeley Preparatory School and worked on the school's student paper. He matriculated at Lehigh University where he was editor of The Brown and White student newspaper. He earned both a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and MBA with honors in four years, graduating in 1976. He had received special permission to take graduate classes as an undergraduate. Baron is a fluent Spanish speaker.
Baron began working for The Miami Herald in 1976, then moved to The Los Angeles Times in 1979 and to The New York Times in 1996. He returned to the Herald as executive editor in 2000 and led coverage of numerous key stories, including Elián González's return to Cuba and the 2000 election.
Baron's editorial term at the Globe, where he succeeded Matthew V. Storin, shifted the paper's coverage from international events towards locally centered investigative journalism. The Globe's coverage of the Boston Catholic sexual abuse scandal earned it a Pulitzer Prize.
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 in 2015. 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 won two Pulitzer Prizes, 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.
He was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2012.
In the 2015 film Spotlight, which focuses on the Boston Globe's coverage of the Boston Catholic Church's priest child molestation scandal, Baron is played by Liev Schreiber. The film won the award for Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards.
- Paul Starobin (17 December 2012). "Martin Baron's Plan to Save The Washington Post". The New Republic. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- MacMillan, Amanda. "Marty Baron '76: The Baron of D.C.," Lehigh University Department of Journalism & Communication.
- Silver, James (October 30, 2016). "Martin Baron: 'We took Donald Trump seriously from the beginning'". The Guardian. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
- Starobin, Paul (December 17, 2012). "Martin Baron's Plan To Save The Washington Post: Invest In Metro Coverage". The New Republic. Retrieved 17 December 2012.
- "Washington Post Timeline". The Washington Post. Retrieved 7 February 2016.
- "Spotlight (2015/I)". IMDb. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- The Boston Globe (July 2, 2001). Martin Baron of The Miami Herald is named Editor of The Boston Globe as Globe Editor Matthew V. Storin announces his retirement. Press release.
- The Boston Phoenix (July 19, 2001). Goodbye to all that: Marty Baron's arrival at the Boston Globe marks not just the end of the Matt Storin era, but of the Tom Winship era as well. By Dan Kennedy.
- "Esquire" (November 2015) Is Martin Baron the Best News Editor of All Time? - Most all of his colleagues, present and former, http://www.esquire.com/news-politics/news/a39968/martin-baron-spotlight-washington-post/
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