Marty Baron, the executive editor of The Washington Post who led the newsroom to 10 Pulitzer Prizes, will retire on Feb. 28.
“The experience has been deeply meaningful, enriched by colleagues who made me a better professional and a better person. At age 66, I feel ready to move on,” Baron wrote in a note to Post employees.
Politico reports that Baron had told newsroom department heads that “he was committed to staying at the Post through the 2020 presidential election, but he didn’t commit to staying on afterward. Speculation of Baron’s retirement had increased in the weeks since.”
“Under Marty’s eight years of newsroom leadership, The Washington Post has experienced a dramatic resurgence and has soared to new journalistic heights,” he continued.
With Baron at the helm, the Post expanded its newsroom from 580 journalists to more than 1,000, largely enabled by the support of Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon who purchased the Post after Baron joined the newsroom in 2013, adds Politico.