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Editor Marty Baron to Discuss the Media’s Power to Effect Change

Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron will discuss the media’s power to produce policy change with Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, in a Sept. 9 event sponsored by the Fels Institute of Government at Penn. (Update: See the video of their conversation on the Fels Institute’s YouTube channel.)

Washington Post editor Marty Baron. Courtesy: Lehigh University Journalism Department.
Washington Post executive editor Marty Baron. Courtesy: Lehigh University Journalism Department.

Baron became executive editor of the Washington Post in 2013, following a distinguished career as editor of the Boston Globe, where he led a team of journalists that disclosed a decades-long cover-up of serial sexual abuse by priests within the Boston Archdiocese.The Globe was awarded the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service “for its courageous, comprehensive coverage of sexual abuse by priests, an effort that pierced secrecy, stirred local, national and international reaction and produced changes in the Roman Catholic Church.” That work was featured in the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.”

Baron’s career also included work at the New York Times, the Los Angeles times and the Miami Herald, where he led the newspaper’s Pulitzer-winning coverage of Elián González’s return to Cuba.

The event is the first in the Fels Institute’s Public Policy in Practice program series, led by Fels Senior Fellow Elizabeth Vale. It is cosponsored by the Annenberg Public Policy Center. For more information, click here for the Fels Institute‘s website.