Incoming Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron won’t take over the newsroom until Jan 2., but his era seems to have started today, with Baron addressing the newsroom for the first time today.
Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth began the meeting by reading emails praising her for picking Baron, according to two people who attended the meeting. After that, Baron talked about how honored he is to be joining the paper and held up his Post ID badge.
At one point, Baron, who says he hasn’t seen a budget for the paper yet, was asked by education reporter Valerie Strauss whether he intended to start budget cuts on his first day. While Baron said no first-day cuts were planned, his assurance to Strauss probably won’t comfort Posties worried that he’ll approve the staff reductions that Weymouth has been pushing for.
“Whatever the budget is is the budget we’re going to have to deal with,” Baron said.