Baron to replace Brauchli as executive editor of Washington Post

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WASHINGTON — Facing growing business pressures, The Washington Post shook up its newsroom on Tuesday by naming Boston Globe editor Martin Baron as its new executive editor, replacing Marcus Brauchli, who had held the job since 2008.

Baron, 58, is only the fourth journalist appointed to the job in the past 44 years and the second outsider named to run the paper’s editorial operations during the past four.

Brauchli, 51, led the newsroom during a particularly challenging financial period for the news industry. He is officially resigning, but his tenure has been marked recently by tension with his boss, Post Publisher Katharine Weymouth, especially over budget and financial issues.

Baron has been editor of the Globe since 2001. He will assume the top editorial position at The Post on Jan. 2.

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