• TMX Broadcast Centre, Toronto
  • November 18, 2015 - 19:00

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The Washington Post has found some recent rare swagger. The storied newspaper—famous for Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncovering the Watergate scandal—now has the financial and digital backing of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Journalists and journalism observers hope he can inject energy and innovation while rethinking the business model. At the editorial helm is Martin Baron, the executive editor with enviable journalistic cred: three of his previous newspapers are Pulitzer Prize winners under his editorship. So what’s his vision for the Post? And can the venerable Washington institution be a model for other papers? Baron will be in conversation with Anne Marie Owens, editor of the National Post.

Wednesday, November 18
TMX Broadcast Centre, The Exchange Tower, 130 King St. W., Toronto

Doors open 6:30 p.m.  |  Discussion 7:00 p.m.  | Reception 8:30 p.m.


MARTIN 'MARTY' BARON became executive editor of The Washington Post in 2013. He oversees the Post’s print and digital news operations and a staff of about 700 journalists. In 2014, The Post won two Pulitzer Prizes, one in the category of public service for revelations of secret surveillance by the National Security Agency and the other for explanatory journalism about food stamps in America. In 2015, The Post won the Pulitzer Prize for national reporting for its coverage of security lapses in the Secret Service. 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. Prior to the Globe, he held top editing positions at The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times and The 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. 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. 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.

ANNE MARIE OWENS is the editor of the National Post, the first woman to hold the top editorial spot at a Canadian national newspaper. Owens began her career at the St. Catharines Standard. She was on the inaugural team of National Post reporters beginning before its launch in 1998. She joined the Post as a national reporter and held successive posts as news features editor, assistant managing editor and managing editor of news. Owens returns to the Post after spending three years as deputy editor of Maclean’s magazine, where she helped oversee every aspect of the operation at the national news weekly, including its website redesign and re-engineering the production of its tablet edition.

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