The Washington Post Names Marty Baron as Editor

Marcus Brauchli's departure has been rumored for months

Ending months of speculation, The Washington Post has named Marty Baron as its executive editor, replacing Marcus Brauchli.

His successor comes with a strong pedigree: Baron has been editor of The New York Times Co.’s Boston Globe, where he led the paper to six Pulitzers during his 11-year tenure. He previously held top editing positions at The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times and Miami Herald. His new appointment takes effect Jan. 2.

The change of the guard comes as the Post has been contending with heavy advertising and circulation losses, reportedly causing tensions between Brauchli and his boss, publisher Katharine Weymouth, over newsroom costs.

Brauchli, who came to the Post after being pushed out at The Wall Street Journal, will have a soft landing—he'll move into a new role of vp at The Washington Post Co., working with chairman and CEO Don Graham to assess new media opportunities.