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Statement from Publisher Christopher Mayer naming Brian McGrory new Boston Globe editor

Boston Globe Publisher Christopher Mayer released the following statement to staff announcing the selection of Brian McGrory as the news organization’s next editor.

I’m delighted to announce today that Brian McGrory is our next editor of the Boston Globe, effective immediately. Brian has distinguished himself throughout his career here, and I believe he will provide the vision and inspiring leadership that we need to continue the Globe’s tradition of quality journalism.

Brian built a strong team of reporters and editors during his tenure in the newsroom – a team that regularly beat the competition on major stories. He led the staff in a comprehensive investigation of corruption and cronyism on Beacon Hill that eventually led to resignations and indictments. The newsroom also reported extensively on public pension abuses and a city system that bestowed benefits on favored developers.


He brought a new level of narrative polish to our pages, stressing the value of storytelling in order to make the Globe a must read in an era when consumers have many media choices. As an editor, and as a columnist, Brian values exhaustive reporting combined with vivid, detailed writing to create stories that evoke empathy, emotion, and even laughter.

Brian joined the Globe in 1989 as one of the first reporters hired into the South Weekly section. Since then, he has covered the city of Boston as a general assignment reporter, served as White House correspondent, and as a roving national correspondent. In 1998, he became a metro columnist, and was named associate editor in 2004.

After nearly three years as metro editor, he resumed his twice-a-week metro front column, where he has enlightened readers about the quirks and character of the city and the region and has held public officials and business leaders accountable. He is the author of a memoir and four novels.


McGrory was raised in Roslindale and Weymouth. He received a B.A. from Bates College in Maine, and worked early in his career at the New Haven Register and The Patriot Ledger in Quincy.

Please join me in the Link at 4:15 p.m. today to congratulate Brian.

Thank you.


Christopher M. Mayer