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NJ Hires ‘Business of War’ Reporter

NJ has hired Kevin Baron, a military reporter for Stars and Stripes to cover the Business of War beat. He has a wealth of experience and his overseas assignments have led him to Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Southern Asia and the South Pacific.

Read the detailed memo from Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier

 

All,

More great news. I’m overjoyed to tell you that Kevin Baron, a military and defense reporter for Stars and Stripes, is joining NJ to take over an important beat. Kevin will focus like a laser on the “business of war” – how money is spent and misspent by the Pentagon, CIA, DHS and other war-making agencies. Naturally, he will be based on Capitol Hill, where the checks are written, but he will go where the big stories take him.

This is a critical beat to our subscribers and readers, particularly when the Pentagon budget faces cuts and money is being shifted into anti-terror programs – two trends drawing flocks of lobbyists.

Kevin is uniquely suited to the task. At Stars and Stripes since December 2008, Kevin is a Washington reporter in the Pentagon press corps covering the military, defense, international security and foreign affairs in war zones and with world leaders.

Before joining Stars and Stripes, Kevin worked at the Boston Globe’s Washington bureau for five years, where he wrote and managed special investigative projects on national and international issues. The projects included Exporting Faith, a four-day series on the rising influence of President Bush’s “faith-based” initiative over foreign aid; a yearlong series on declining U.S. Army standards and diversity; The Army Cheating Scandal and an separate international black market ring for cheating on professional job qualification exams; and he scoured 2,500 lobbying records to expose backroom deals and rule bending for appropriations and tax cuts.

Kevin also investigated wartime contracting at the Center for Public Integrity, which won the 2003 Polk Award for its work.

Among many other honors, Kevin won the 2010 Military Reporters & Editors Award and the prestigious 2009 George Polk Award for military writing. Faith was a finalist for the 2008 ICIJ Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding International Investigative Reporting. Cheating was a finalist for the 2008 Scripps-Howard Foundation National Journalism Award, Washington Reporting.

His overseas assignments have included reporting from Africa, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, Southern Asia and the South Pacific.

Kevin earned his B.A. in international studies at the University of Richmond and his M.A. in media and public affairs at George Washington University.

Please join me in welcoming Kevin, a rising star in the military press corps (and don’t forget to wish Megan well before her Oct. 5 departure). He starts Oct. 17.

Best,

Ron

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