Marty Baron, who has served as Executive Editor of The Washington Post since 2013, announced he will retire on Feb. 28. Baron's retirement has been expected at the paper for some time, though exact details were previously unavailable. Baron is credited with navigating the Post through its expansion into a digital subscription model and maintaining high editorial quality through the Trump years.
- The Washington Post was purchased by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos in October 2013, less than a year after Baron joined the paper. Bezos expanded WaPo's budget, helping Baron increase its staff from 580 journalists to more than 1,000.
- Previously, Baron served as the editor of The Boston Globe, and was portrayed by Liev Schreiber in the Oscar-winning 2015 film "Spotlight."
- Baron emphasized Iran's detention of Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian in WaPo's reporting and was lauded for keeping the story prominent. Iran released Rezaian in 2016.
- In an internal memo, Baron said he was "ready to move on" and called WaPo "an indispensable institution."
Read the memos from Marty Baron and WaPo publisher and CEO Fred Ryan here.