L.A. Times Book Club: Martin Baron discusses ‘Collision of Power’

Wednesday, October 11, 2023

6 p.m. PT

Wallis Annenberg Hall (ANN), Forum

Join former Washington Post Editor Martin Baron, the author of Collision of Power: Trump, Bezos, and The Washington Post, for a live conversation with Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Kevin Merida on Oct. 11.

Headshot of author Martin Baron next to his book cover for ‘Collision of Power’.This timely book club night with two of the nation’s leading journalists is hosted in partnership with the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.

Collision of Power is an insider’s account of life at the top of the Washington Post, as Baron began work for one of the world’s richest men, dealt with a new president at war with the media, and navigated the newspaper through a challenging financial landscape and changing societal dynamics around gender and race.

A former L.A. Times editor, Baron took charge of the Post newsroom in 2013, after nearly a dozen years leading The Boston Globe. Just seven months into his new job, Baron received explosive news: Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder, would buy the Post, marking a sudden end to control by the venerated Graham family that had presided over the paper for 80 years. Two years later, Donald Trump won the presidency.

Kirkus calls the book “an impassioned argument for objective journalism.”

To attend this event, register on Eventbrite below in advance to attend in person or watch virtually. Seating for the in-person event will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.