Luncheon Speaker’s Biography February 26, 2018
Martin “Marty” Baron
Executive Editor of The Washington Post
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Martin “Marty” Baron, became executive editor of The Washington Post in 2013. He oversees print and digital news operations and a staff of about 650 journalists.
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.
Before joining the Post, Baron was the editor of The Boston Globe for 11 years. Under his leadership, the Globe won six Pulitzer Prizes—for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting, and criticism. The paper won the Pulitzer for Public Service in 2003 for its investigation into a pattern of concealing clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church.
Baron has also held top editing positions at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and The Miami Herald. Under his leadership, the 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.
Baron was named Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2001, and Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation in 2004.
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. There, he became business editor in 1983; assistant managing editor for page-one special reports, public opinion polling and special projects in 1991; and editor of the newspaper’s Orange County Edition in 1993.
In 1996, Baron moved to The New York Times. He was named associate managing editor for nighttime news operations of the newspaper in 1997. He became executive editor at The Miami Herald in 2000.
A native of Tampa, Florida, Baron speaks fluent Spanish. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1976 with both bachelor’s and MBA degrees.