Boston Globe Names Brian McGrory Editor

Brian McGrory, a 23-year veteran of The Boston Globe, will replace Marty Baron, who will leave the newspaper to become executive editor of The Washington Post. McGrory has been with the newspaper as a reporter, editor and columnist since 1989.

The Boston Globe on Thursday named Brian McGrory as its next editor.

McGrory, 51, is a 23-year veteran of the Globe. The Boston native will oversee the newsroom of the Globe and and the newsroom’s contribution to

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He replaces Marty Baron, who is leaving the paper to become executive editor of The Washington Post at the beginning of 2013.

“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 in a statement. “It is also a great honor to work with my colleagues and build on what I believe is the best metro newspaper in America.”

McGrory joined the Globe in 1989 as a reporter for the paper’s South Weekly section. He has also covered Boston as a general assignment reporter, served as White House correspondent, and as a roving national correspondent. In 1998, he became a metro columnist, and was named associate editor in 2004.

In 2007, McGrory was named deputy managing editor for local news. He led the metro staff in a comprehensive investigation of corruption in the Massachusetts state government that eventually led to resignations and indictments.

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Under McGrory, the newsroom also reported extensively on a city system that bestowed benefits on favored developers.

McGrory steered the metro staff to new levels of narrative journalism, stressing the value of vivid and detailed storytelling in an era when consumers have many media choices, the Globe said.

“During his tenure as metro editor, Brian built a strong team of reporters and editors and imbued the newsroom with a competitive spirit. Day after day, Brian and his team delivered award-winning journalism, in print and online,” Christopher Mayer, the Globe’s publisher, said in a statement.


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