He’s been called a hero, a legendary journalist, and the ultimate old-school editor. When he retired this year from a 40-plus-year career, a billionaire, Hollywood moguls and news media elite attended his retirement sendoff. Now, retired Washington Post Editor Martin Baron will be the keynote speaker for the Foundation for Open Government’s 2021 William S. Dixon Awards online event beginning noon Oct. 7, 2021.
Baron, 66, has led several newsrooms to 17 Pulitzer Prizes, including 10 awarded to The Post: four for national reporting; two for explanatory reporting; and one each for investigative reporting, criticism, feature photography and public service.
Baron was the Boston Globe’s editor in 2003 when the newspaper won the Pulitzer Prize for public service, recognition awarded to the newspaper for its inquiry into a pattern of concealing clergy sex abuse in the local Catholic Archdiocese, one of New England’s most powerful institutions. Many of those same Catholic priests were sent to be rehabilitated in New Mexico, only to be reassigned to another parish. The story of the investigation was told in the gripping Academy Award–winning movie Spotlight (2015), and Liev Schreiber played Baron on the big screen.
The annual Dixon event honors those New Mexicans who believe in government transparency at the state or local level – and who have made significant contributions to casting sunshine (transparency) on government operations in the state. The 2021 recipients include: Ed Williams a reporter with Searchlight, Rep. Matthew McQueen, Rep. Kelly Fajardo and Doug Michel, a private citizen.