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.”