Untangling Fact from Fiction: The Challenge and Opportunity of Covering the Trump Administration
Join us for a conversation between Martin "Marty" Baron, Executive Editor of The Washington Post and Merrill Brown, national media commentator and former director of Montclair State's School of Communication and Media.
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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 about 700 journalists.
Newsrooms under his leadership have won 11 Pulitzer Prizes, including four at The Washington Post. The Post during his tenure has won twice 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.
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, 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.
As one of the pioneers who launched CourtTV and the founding editor-in-chief of MSNBC.com, Merrill Brown has demonstrated a strong commitment to bringing the news into the 21st century.
He continued to break new ground as the director of the School of Communication and Media at Montclair State (2012-2017). A business executive, journalist, educator and consultant, Brown joined Montclair State as a professor to oversee the launch of the new School, which now offers degrees in 11 programs to more than 800 students. Brown’s career includes work in journalism, magazine publishing, cable television, venture capital and digital startups.
Brown is now a national news commentator, and consultant, focusing on both news and information startups and advising large media companies.