Martin Baron | Collision of Power: Trump, Bezos, and The Washington Post

Recorded Oct 17, 2023
Direct Download: 20231017-martinb.mp3

Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Endowed Lecture

In conversation with David Boardman

In Collision of Power, Martin Baron tells the inside story of the monumental power struggle between the venerable newspaper The Washington Post, its demanding and ultra-wealthy owner Jeff Bezos, and the ceaselessly attacking President Donald Trump. The former editor of The Miami Herald and The Boston Globe, Baron became executive editor of The Washington Post in 2013 and remained in his post until 2021. During this time, he presided over such events as the paper’s shift in ownership from the family that had owned it for 80 years, the former president referring to the press as “the lowest form of humanity,” and groundbreaking coverage, including the Spotlight investigation of Catholic priest child sexual abuse that would earn the publication awards and acclaim.

David Boardman is the dean of the Klein College of Media and Communication at Temple University. A former executive editor and senior vice president of The Seattle Times, he is founding chair of the Lenfest Institute for Journalism, the nonprofit that owns The Philadelphia Inquirer. He sits on the advisory boards of ProPublica and the New England Center for Investigative Reporting, and he has served six times as a juror for the Pulitzer Prizes. His many honors include the National Ethics Award from the Society of Professional Journalists and the Associated Press Managing Editors Public Service Award.

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