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Dean Baquet is executive editor of the New York Times, a position he assumed in May 2014. He serves in the highest ranked position in the Times’s newsroom and oversees the New York Times news report in all its various forms.

Before being named executive editor, Baquet was managing editor of the Times. He previously served as Washington bureau chief for the paper from March 2007 to September 2011. Baquet rejoined the Times after several years at the Los Angeles Times, where he was editor of the newspaper since 2005, after serving as managing editor since 2000.

Previously, Baquet had been National editor of the New York Times since July 1995, after having served as deputy Metro editor since May 1995. Baquet joined the Times in April 1990 as a Metro reporter. In May 1992, he became special projects editor for the business desk, and in January 1994, he held the same title, but operated out of the executive editor’s office.

Before joining the Times, Baquet reported for the Chicago Tribune from December 1984 to March 1990, and before that, for the Times-Picayune in New Orleans for nearly seven years. While at the Chicago Tribune, Baquet served as associate Metro editor for investigations and was chief investigative reporter, covering corruption in politics and the garbage-hauling industry.

He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in March 1988 when he led a team of three in documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 in the investigative reporting category. Baquet has also received numerous local and regional awards.

Martin “Marty” Baron became executive editor of the Washington Post on January 2, 2013. He oversees the Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of more than 800 journalists. Newsrooms under his leadership have won 14 Pulitzer Prizes, including seven at the Post. During his tenure, the Post has won four times: once for national reporting, once for explanatory reporting, once for investigative reporting, and once for public service, the latter in recognition of revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency.

Previously, Baron had been editor of the Boston Globe. During his 11 ½ years there, the Globe won six Pulitzer Prizes—for public service, explanatory journalism, national reporting, and criticism. The Pulitzer Prize for Public Service was awarded to the Globe in 2003 for its investigation into a pattern of concealing clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church, coverage portrayed years later in the Academy Award-winning movie Spotlight.

Prior to the Globe, Baron held top editing positions at the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Miami Herald. Under his leadership, the Miami Herald won the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Coverage in 2001 for its coverage of the raid to recover Elián González, the Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute.
He began his journalism career at the Miami Herald in 1976, serving as a state reporter and later as a business writer. In 1979, he moved to the Los Angeles Times, where 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. In 1996, Baron moved to the New York Times; he became associate managing editor responsible for the nighttime news operations of the newspaper in 1997. He was named executive editor at the Miami Herald at the start of 2000. He was born and raised in Tampa.

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