Executive editor Education: Lehigh University, BA and MBA Martin “Marty” Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post on Jan. 2, 2013. He oversees The Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of more than 800 journalists.
Newsrooms under his leadership have won 16 Pulitzer Prizes, including nine at The Post. The Post during his tenure has won four times for national reporting and once each for explanatory reporting, investigative reporting, criticism, feature photography and 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 11½ 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.”
Before the Globe, he held top editing positions at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times and Miami Herald. Under his leadership, the Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Coverage in 2001 for its reporting of the raid to recover Elián González, the Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute.
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.
He was born and raised in Tampa. Honors & Awards:
National Press Foundation Editor of the Year, 2004
Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award, New England First Amendment Center, 2012
Inductee, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2012
Hitchens Prize, 2016
Award for Public Leadership, University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government, 2016
Carr Van Anda Award for Excellence in Journalism, E.W. Scripps School of Journalism, 2016
Gerald Sass Award for Distinguished Service to Journalism and Mass Communication, 2016
Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press Award, 2017
Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media, 2017
Benton Medal for Distinguished Public Service, University of Chicago, 2018
Damon Runyon Award, Denver Press Club, 2018
Gabe Pressman Truth to Power Award, New York Press Club, 2018
Fourth Estate Award, National Press Club, 2018
Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism, 2019
First Amendment Award, Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University, 2019
Canadian Journalism Foundation's Special Citation, 2019
Founders Award for Excellence in Journalism, International Center for Journalists, 2019
Honorary degrees: George Washington University (2017), George Mason University (2017) and Lehigh University (2014)
Professional Affiliations: Knight Foundation, trustee; Reuters Institute (advisory board); American Society of News Editors Foreign languages spoken: Spanish