Freedom of the Press and the Search for Truth: A Conversation with Martin Baron
Martin “Marty” Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post on January 2, 2013 and oversaw The Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of more than 1,000 journalists until his retirement on February 28, 2021.
Newsrooms under his leadership won 17 Pulitzer Prizes, including ten at The Washington Post, six at The Boston Globe, and one at The Miami Herald. The Post, during his tenure, won four times for national reporting, and once each for investigative reporting, explanatory reporting and public service, the latter in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency.
Previously, Baron was 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, Baron 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.
Other 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, Harvard University, and his alma mater, Lehigh University.
Baron graduated from Lehigh University in 1976 with both BA and MBA degrees.