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Ryan's exit: what Baron said

Carolyn Ryan's departure from the Globe is the local journalistic story of the moment; the New York Observer, the Herald's Jesse Noyes, and Dan Kennedy have all written about it.

I second Dan's assessment of Ryan. In my dealings with her, Ryan was always admirably responsive and forthright.

Here's how Globe editor Marty Baron sized up Ryan's exit:

To the staff:

It’s tough to lose outstanding people, even to our friends at The New York Times. But that’s the news I have for you today.
Carolyn Ryan will be joining The New York Times as deputy metro editor for government and politics. Good news for the Times, lousy news for us. But I know that all of us wish Carolyn the very best as she takes on an exciting new challenge.
Carolyn will have responsibility for Times coverage of city and state politics as well as coverage of the New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut delegations in Congress. She will direct coverage of US House and Senate races in New York, in addition to campaigns for New York mayor and governor.

The Times, of course, will be getting a fiercely energetic, competitive, and hard-working editor, one who has distinguished herself here as deputy city editor, political editor, Assistant Managing Editor/Metro, and most recently as Deputy Managing Editor/Local News. She now oversees all of our local coverage in the city of Boston and throughout the region, while also overseeing our health and science staff.

Since joining the Globe in 1999, Carolyn has led coverage of many of our biggest news stories, bringing to them her trademark enthusiasm and innovative spirit. She has hired many of the exceptionally talented people on our Metro staff, and she has helped us move aggressively online with breaking news and multimedia packages.

We’ll try to move quickly to find a replacement for Carolyn, looking both within our organization and outside for an individual who can offer knowledge of the area, strong leadership, superior journalistic skills, and the ability to manage a large staff.
We haven’t yet settled on Carolyn’s departure date. So I’ll get back to you on that. But you don’t have to wait to tell her how much she’ll be missed and how grateful we are for her many contributions to the Globe’s success.

Marty

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