The "First Amendment Award" Presented to Marty Baron

WED, MAY 1, 2019 (1:23:41)

Watch Marty Baron, Executive Editor of The Washington Post and former Editor of The Boston Globe, receive the Ford Hall Forum’s First Amendment Award. The award recognizes Baron for his fearless defense of the free press. Baron’s relentless pursuit of the truth over his storied career and his defense of journalists especially in these turbulent times for the Fourth Estate has resulted in impactful and important journalism, with implications for years to come.

+ BIO: Meghna Chakrabarti

Meghna Chakrabarti is an American journalist and radio producer. She is the host of NPR’s On Point, the former host of the WBUR news program Radio Boston and the Modern Love podcast.

+ BIO: Marty Baron

Martin “Marty” Baron is an American journalist and is currently the editor of The Washington Post. Prior to that Baron was editor of The Boston Globe. He previously held top editing positions at The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and The Miami Herald. During his time at the Globe, Baron won four Pulitzer prizes, including those for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting and criticism. The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was awarded in 2003 for a Globe Spotlight Team investigation into clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church. Under his leadership at The Miami Herald, the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for its coverage of the raid to recover Elian Gonzalez, the Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute. Mr. Baron 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. Mr. Baron 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, 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. Mr. Baron moved to The New York Times in 1996 and in 1997 became associate managing editor responsible for the nighttime news operations of the newspaper. He departed to assume the post of executive editor at The Miami Herald at the start of 2000. Mr. Baron was born in 1954 and raised in Tampa, FL, and speaks fluent Spanish. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1976 with both BA and MBA degrees.

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