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The Boston Globe names new editor

Brian McGrory to begin in the role immediately
December 20, 2012

The Boston Globe has announced that Brian McGrory, a 23-year veteran journalist at the paper, is its new editor. McGrory, 51, will oversee the newsroom of the Globe and, and the newsroom’s contribution to

“Brian has distinguished himself throughout his career at the Globe as a reporter, editor and columnist and as a native of Boston, he is the ideal candidate to lead the Globe’s newsroom,” said Christopher Mayer, Globe publisher, in a statement released today.

McGrory replaces Martin Baron, who will join the Washington Post as executive editor in January. Under Baron’s decade-long tenure, the Globe won six Pulitzer Prizes and weathered the shift to digital news coverage.

A Boston native, McGrory joined the Globe in 1989 on the South Weekly section and has since worked as a White House correspondent, a national reporter and a metro columnist. Under his guidance, the Globe covered the death of Senator Edward M. Kennedy and produced an 8,000-word narrative about a pair of sisters who died in a South Boston fire that won the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and led to widespread reforms.

“This is a great honor to guide the Boston Globe news operations, since I grew up delivering the Globe, then reading the Globe, and later writing for the Globe,” McGrory said.

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