Washington Post editor to visit USD

Martin Baron, executive editor at The Washington Post newspaper and Internet site, visits South Dakota next month.

Baron is scheduled to host a public forum at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion at 6 p.m. April 26.

He is the 2017 recipient of the Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in the Media. Neuharth was a founder of the USA Today national newspaper and was a USD graduate.

“USD is honored to welcome Marty Baron to campus,” USD President James W. Abbott said in a statement announcing Baron’s visit.

“Our students will benefit from the opportunity to meet and learn from one of the nation’s foremost experts in journalism and continue the mission of the Al Neuharth Media Center,” Abbott said.

Baron has been executive editor at The Washington Post since January 2013. He previously was editor at The Boston Globe.

“USD is proud to host such an exemplary journalist as Martin Baron,” said Michelle Van Maanen, chair of the Department of Media & Journalism at USD. “I am excited for our students to learn more about his Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporting and thoughts on the role of media in the ‘fake news’ era.”