Tucson Festival of Books

Martin Baron



Essdras M. Suarez

Betsy and Michael Boxer

Martin (Marty) Baron retired at the end of February 2021, after over eight years as executive editor of The Washington Post. News staffs under his leadership have won 18 Pulitzer Prizes. The Post won 11 Pulitzers for coverage during his tenure that included the assault on the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, investigations of the National Security Agency and the presidential campaign of Donald Trump. While he was top editor of The Boston Globe, it won six Pulitzer Prizes, including for its investigation into the Catholic Church’s concealment of clergy sex abuse. That coverage was portrayed in the Academy Award-winning movie “Spotlight.” The Miami Herald under his leadership won the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on the raid to recover Elián González, the Cuban boy at the center of a fierce immigration and custody dispute. "Collision of Power" is his first book.

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Awards: Pulitzer Prize


Scheduled events:
Dateline: Washington
Producing the news is an ever-more-complicated undertaking. It goes beyond the 24/7 pressures of competition, deadlines and protecting news sources. Owners, editors, reporters and on-air personalities face constant criticism about their coverage. In this session, our authors will discuss the challenges and what a "free press" might look like in the future.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Martin Baron, Franklin Foer, Brian Stelter
Moderator: Nicole Carroll
First Amendment Protections, Abuses
The First Amendment protects the freedom of speech, religion and the press. As a nation, we are now examining the extent of those rights. How much should we be able to say about individuals or events without common-sense restrictions? What happens when our leaders declare America a Christian nation? Are newspapers and other media too free or are the guaranteed freedoms in jeopardy? Three authors discuss these significant issues of our times.

Student Union Gallagher Theater (Seats 337)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sat, Mar 9, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Sales & Signing Area - UA BookStore Tent (on Mall) (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelists: Martin Baron, Robert Jones, Barbara McQuade
Moderator: Stephen Golden
Politics, Media Collide
Newspaper editors are supposed to write the headlines, not make them, but history came looking for Marty Baron. While at the Boston Globe, he managed the Spotlight unit that exposed decades of abuse by Catholic priests. Later, as editor of the Washington Post, he found himself in the crossfire between President Donald Trump and the Post's new owner: Jeff Bezos. Where should we begin?

Arizona Daily Star Stage (Seats 250)  View this venue on the Festival map
Sun, Mar 10, 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Signing area: Signing - Arizona Daily Star (following presentation)  View this venue on the Festival map

Panelist: Martin Baron
Moderator: Ellie Wolfe

Book:
Collision of Power
Trump, Bezos, and THE WASHINGTON POST
Current Issues / Politics / Social Science
Flatiron Books
October 2023
ISBN 9781250844200
560 pages
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