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Tampa Native Marty Baron Retires After Storied Career In Journalism

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Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post
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Marty Baron, Washington Post Executive Editor, poses for a photo on February 11, 2016 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/ The Washington Post)

After 40 years in the industry, Marty Baron is retiring from the Washington Post at the end of this month. Baron grew up in Tampa and went on to intern at the Tampa Tribune and work at the Miami Herald.

Marty Baron is about to retire after more than 40 years in journalism.

Since 2013, the Tampa native has served as executive editor of The Washington Post. Shortly after his arrival, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos bought the paper.

Since then, Baron has led a newsroom that has expanded as many others have shrunk.

Before the Post, Baron served as editor of the Boston Globe. He led the paper's Pulitzer Prize winning coverage of sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

The Globe's investigation was dramatized in the movie Spotlight, where Baron was portrayed by Liev Schreiber.

The son of immigrants from Israel, Baron went to Berkeley Preparatory School. He interned at the Tampa Tribune while in college, and later worked as a reporter and editor at the Miami Herald.

He joined host Bradley George via Skype from his home in Washington last week. They talked about Baron's Florida roots as well as the most important stories of his career, including the Elián González custody saga.

You can listen to their full conversation above. Click on the "Listen" button just below the headline.

Hi there! I’m Dinorah Prevost and I’m the producer of Florida Matters, WUSF's weekly public affairs show. That basically means that I plan, record and edit the interviews we feature on the show.
Bradley George was a Morning Edition host and reporter at WUSF until March 2022.
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