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Washington Post Executive Editor Marty Baron was back in Massachusetts on Wednesday to receive the First Amendment Award from the Ford Hall Forum at Suffolk University. Baron was joined for a discussion at the forum by Meghna Chakrabarti, host of NPR’s “On Point.” The award is in honor of Baron’s “powerful and fearless defense of the First Amendment, one of the greatest constitutional rights in our country,” said Ford Hall Forum executive director Susan Spurlock. Prior to joining the Post, Baron was the editor of the Boston Globe for over a decade. The Globe won six Pulitzer Prizes under Baron’s leadership, including the prize for Public Service for the Spotlight team’s investigation into sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Lillian Brown can be reached at lillian.brown@globe.com