Washington Post Editor Will Speak at UC Riverside about Journalism’s Transition from Print to Web

The Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture is set for Tuesday, April 7

Martin Baron, executive editor of The Washington Post, will deliver the Hays Press-Enterprise lecture on Tuesday, April 7.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (www.ucr.edu ) — Washington Post Executive Editor Martin Baron will discuss the challenges and opportunities facing American journalism in a 7:30 p.m. lecture on Tuesday, April 7 in the University Theatre at UC Riverside.

Baron, who has led the Post since 2013, will present the 47th  Hays Press-Enterprise Lecture, a series started in 1966 by Howard H “Tim” Hays to explore issues in journalism. Baron’s topic will be “Journalism’s Big Move: What to Discard, Keep, and Acquire in Moving from Print to Web.” The lecture is free and open to the public.

Baron, who has held senior positions at many of the nation’s top newspapers, including the New York Times, the Boston Globe and the Los Angeles Times, became Executive Editor of the Post in January, 2013. That August, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos purchased the Post for $250 million from the Graham family, a sale that shocked the journalism world and could predict what works and what doesn’t for an industry in transition.

Baron oversees The Post’s print and digital news operations. Under his leadership, the newspaper won two Pulitzer Prizes in 2014, including the prestigious public service medal for a series of stories based on classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden that exposed the National Security Agency’s massive global surveillance programs.

As American journalism looks to its future, “there is no question that we have to become digital news organizations and that we have to move fast,” Baron said.  “And yet a lot remains unresolved. It’s a source of unending tension.

“Which qualities, standards, values, and behaviors will get left behind in the new media environment, and which ones absolutely must survive? We can have a good argument about that. And, in truth, we should. I have some ideas of my own, and I look forward to talking about them.”

The annual Hays/Press-Enterprise lecture honors the legacy of Howard H “Tim” Hays, Jr., the longtime owner and publisher of The Press-Enterprise newspaper. His son, Tom Hays, created an endowment fund to make sure the tradition of the lecture lived on in Riverside even after his father’s death in 2011.

“This is a time of accelerating change in the media landscape and I am looking forward to hearing about journalism’s future from someone at the center of that change,” said UC Riverside Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox, who will introduce Baron at the lecture.

Baron joins a long line of prominent journalists who have traveled to Riverside to give the annual lecture, including Katharine Graham and Ben Bradlee from the Washington Post, columnists George Will and James Reston, NBC board vice chairman Richard Salant, CNN President Tom Johnson, former Wall Street Journal publisher Karen House, Chicago Tribune columnist Clarence Page, Los Angeles Times Editor Davan Maharaj, and Ray Suarez from the PBS NewsHour and Al-Jazeera.

Born in 1954 and raised in Tampa, FL, Baron speaks fluent Spanish. He graduated from Lehigh University in 1976 with both BA and MBA degrees.

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 joined The New York Times. The following year, he became associate managing editor responsible for the newspaper’s nighttime news operations. He was named executive editor at The Miami Herald at the start of 2000 and the following year the paper won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage for stories about the raid to recover Elián González, the Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute.

Baron took over as editor of the Boston Globe in 2001.  During his tenure, the paper 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 an investigation into the concealment of clergy sex abuse in the Catholic Church.

Baron was named Editor of the Year by Editor & Publisher magazine in 2001, and Editor of the Year by the National Press Foundation in 2004.

The lecture includes time for questions from the audience, as well as a reception afterwards. Although the event is free, reservations are requested and may be made by calling (951) 827-3144.

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