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Marty Baron in conversation with Eric Newton

Friday, August 18, 2017
10:45am

Location Amphitheater

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Marty Baron
Executive editor, The Washington Post

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 more than 700 journalists.

Newsrooms under his leadership have won 12 Pulitzer Prizes, including five at The Washington Post. The Post during his tenure has won three times for national reporting, once for explanatory reporting, and once for public service, the latter in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency.

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, coverage portrayed years later in the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.”

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.

His honors include Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation (2004), the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media (2017), the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Award (2017), and the Award for Public Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government (2016). In 2012, he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is the recipient of honorary doctorates from George Washington University, George Mason University, and his alma mater, Lehigh University.

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. 


Eric Newton
Innovation Chief, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, ASU

Eric Newton is a global leader in the digital transformation of news. As the Innovation Chief at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications, he drives change and experimentation at Cronkite News, the news division for Arizona PBS. 

Prior to joining the Cronkite School, Newton was senior adviser to the president of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. He expanded the foundation’s journalism and media innovation program, overseeing the development of more than $300 million in grants. 

He previously was founding managing editor of the Newseum, the first major museum of news, and managing editor of the Oakland Tribune, where he helped guide the paper to numerous awards, including a Pulitzer Prize.

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