Marty Baron succeeds Marcus Brauchli as Washington Post executive editor

Boston Globe editor Marty Baron has been named Washington Post executive editor. He succeeds Marcus Brauchli, who steps down on December 31, to become Washington Post Co. vice president, a new position. He will be “working closely with chairman and CEO Don Graham to review and evaluate new media opportunities,” says the Post release.

Marty Baron

Baron, who has been Globe editor since 2001, says the Post “has played a defining and inspirational role in American journalism, and today it continues to lead as our profession undergoes a dramatic, urgent, and exciting transformation. I am honored to join the supremely talented and dedicated journalists at The Washington Post.”

Publisher Katharine Weymouth says Baron “has a demonstrated record of producing the highest quality journalism, which matches the legacy and expectations of The Post.”

The Globe says it will launch a national search for Baron’s replacement.

* Brauchli to step down as Washington Post executive editor (washingtonpost.com)
* Martin Baron to become Washington Post executive editor (boston.com)
* Weymouth told journalists last summer that she wanted Brauchli out (nytimes.com)
* Dan Kennedy: “A very smart move for the Post and Baron” (dankennedy.net)
* Earlier: Baron says newspapers are badly bruised, but not beaten (jimromenesko.com)
* Sept. 2011: Baron talks about his 10 years at the Globe (wgbh.com)

Brauchli’s memo to staff:

Date: Tue, Nov 13, 2012 at 11:49 AM
Subject: Thank you
To: NEWS – All Newsroom

To the Staff:

After nearly four and a half years as executive editor, I will step down at year’s end.

It has been a privilege and honor to work with you. What we’ve accomplished in this time, and what you accomplish every day, is a tribute to your ambition, discipline and personal dedication.

You’ve taken on the hardest targets in journalism—the self-entrenching national-security establishment, pervasive Congressional conflicts of interest, corrosive local corruption, economic and fiscal gridlock, a marathon national election, wars, revolutions and epidemics, distant tsunamis, nearby Frankenstorms, city-suffocating Snowmageddons, and even a Cinderella-minus-the-slipper baseball season—and set the highest standard every time.

We have reorganized, melded and streamlined our news operations, and emerged stronger than we started. That is not, as cynics would have it, simply a function of fewer people doing more, but of awareness that we are
responsible for our destiny as never before. We are pioneers in blogs and social media, in managing and maximizing our engagement with readers, and in deploying new technologies and approaches. The Post’s newsroom is the
source of our strength, of original and insightful news and commentary, of ideas that shape our world, of information that guides readers, and of stories and voices that connect them. The result is that today we have a
bigger audience, more viewers and more users who follow and watch what we do, than ever.

The Post’s legacy looms large for us all. I have been especially fortunate to have had distinguished and wise predecessors who have been supportive of the adaptations we have made to the formidable foundations they set down.

But in the end it is you who deserve my gratitude. I especially want to recognize Liz Spayd, who has been a steady and wise partner, and the other senior editors I have worked with most closely. The galaxy of talent in
this newsroom continues to etch its brilliance every day into the firmament of this city and this nation. May it long continue.

Thank you for letting me work among you.

Marcus

Publisher Katharine Weymouth’s memo is after the jump.

From: “Katharine Weymouth”
Date: November 13, 2012, 11:59:02 AM EST
Subject: Announcement
Reply-To:

After more than four years as executive editor of The Washington Post, Marcus Brauchli will step down, effective December 31, to assume a new role as Vice President of The Washington Post Company, working closely with Don Graham to review and evaluate new media opportunities.

Marcus has contributed immeasurably in the more than four years he has been at the helm of this newsroom. Marcus was the first executive editor of The Post to assume leadership for both print and online operations. Under his leadership, we have become one newsroom publishing on multiple platforms. We have become known for our ability to create innovative digital products that allow our readers to engage in new ways with some of the best journalism in the world.

Katharine Weymouth

Under Marcus, The Post’s newsroom won four Pulitzer prizes and was a finalist for eight others, as well as an array of other awards including a George Polk, a Peabody, several Overseas Press Club awards and citations, and recognition from state press associations in Maryland and Virginia and international news-design organizations.

The acclaim came for a wide array of stories, including powerful accountability projects such as Top Secret America, which depicted the massive growth in the U.S. national-security establishment since Sept. 11; Capitol Assets, a project looking at the pervasive conflicts of interest in Congress; The Permanent War, an examination of how counterterrorism has created an infrastructure for engaging with enemies around the world; and a running investigation into corruption and mismanagement in the District of Columbia’s government.

Marcus also has put a strong emphasis on the expansion of The Post’s digital operation, creating teams that specialize in interactive journalism and in building audiences for The Post’s journalism. Today, its digital operations, including washingtonpost.com, mobile platforms and an expanded digital-video unit, are consistently recognized as among the most innovative mainstream news sites. Daily traffic has grown substantially and at a rate that exceeds most major competitors. Visits to the Post’s website on Election Day alone were a record and nearly double levels of 2008. At the same time, Marcus has filled our ranks with talented journalists and editors from outside while he also nurtured and promoted talent from within The Post.

Please join me in thanking Marcus for all that he has done for The Post and in congratulating him on his new role with the Company.

* * * * * *

I am pleased to announce today that Marty Baron will join us, effective January 2, 2013, as our new executive editor. Marty has served as editor of The Boston Globe since July 30, 2001. He previously held top editing positions at The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Miami Herald.

Under Marty’s leadership, the Globe won six Pulitzer prizes, including those for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting, and criticism. The Globe received the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service in 2003 for a Globe Spotlight Team investigation into the cover-up of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

In directing the Globe newsroom, Marty has overseen the editorial operations of Boston.com, which draws more than 6 million monthly unique visitors and ranks among the nation’s largest newspaper websites, and BostonGlobe.com, a subscription-based site that was launched in late 2011. The Globe this year won six national Edward R. Murrow Awards in the competition sponsored by the Radio Television Digital News Association, and Boston.com won three EPPY awards in the competition sponsored by Editor & Publisher magazine.

In the past decade, the Globe’s news staff has collaborated to author four major, well reviewed books: “The Real Romney” (Harper Collins); “Last Lion: The Fall and Rise of Ted Kennedy” (Simon & Schuster); “Betrayal: The Crisis in the Catholic Church” (Little, Brown); and “John F. Kerry: The Complete Biography by the Boston Globe Reporters Who Know Him Best” (Public Affairs).

Prior to joining the Globe, Marty was executive editor of The Miami Herald. During his tenure, the newspaper 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.

Marty was named “Editor of the Year” by Editor & Publisher Magazine in April of 2001, and he was selected by the National Press Foundation as “Editor of the Year” in 2004. In 2012, he was awarded the Stephen Hamblett First Amendment Award by the New England First Amendment Coalition and was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Marty began his journalism career at The Miami Herald in 1976, serving as a state reporter and later as a business writer.

He moved to The Los Angeles Times in 1979. He became business editor in 1983; assistant managing editor for page-one special reports (“Column One”), public opinion polling, and special projects in 1991; and in 1993 editor of the newspaper’s largest regional edition, in Orange County, which then had about 165 staffers.

Marty moved to The New York Times in 1996 and in 1997 became associate managing editor responsible for its nighttime news operations. He departed to assume the post of executive editor at The Miami Herald at the start of 2000.

Marty was raised in Tampa, Fla., and speaks fluent Spanish. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1976 with both BA and MBA degrees.

Please join me in welcoming Marty to The Post. Marty will be here Friday, November 16th to meet you.

Finally, we’ve asked our inimitable Managing Editor, Liz Spayd, to delay her departure until the end of January to help us through this transition.

Katharine Weymouth
Publisher, The Washington Post

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