At his first news meeting as top editor of the Boston Globe, Martin Baron asked what the paper was doing to chase down the pos­si­bility that a Catholic car­dinal cov­ered up the case of a priest guilty of sex­u­ally abusing up to 80 chil­dren. Told that court doc­u­ments in the case were sealed, Baron said the news­paper should go to court to get them unsealed.

Walter Robinson, who headed the Globe’s inves­tiga­tive team that did the church sto­ries, credits Baron with pushing the cov­erage for­ward. “In his first news meeting, he asked why a court had sealed the per­sonal records of one priest,” Robinson recalled in an e-​​mail. “No editor here had noticed that, or thought we could get those records.”

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