Pulitzer Winner Leaving Full-Time Post at Boston Globe to Teach
August 3, 2006

Boston --Walter V. Robinson, who helped lead The Boston Globe to a Pulitzer Prize for its coverage of the clergy sex abuse scandal in Boston, will leave his full-time position at the Globe to teach journalism.

Letters from Robinson and Globe Editor Martin Baron that were distributed Thursday to the newspaper's staff said Robinson will remain a part-time consultant to Baron.

In January, Robinson, 60, plans to begin teaching reporting techniques at Northeastern University in Boston, with a focus on investigative reporting.

"After 34 years, it's time for me to try my hand at something else," Robinson said in his letter to the Globe staff.

Robinson began writing for the Globe in 1972 while a student at Northeastern. In addition to covering city, state and national politics for the Globe, Robinson became the paper's city editor and assistant managing editor for local news. He also served as the Globe's Middle East bureau chief during the Persian Gulf War. Robinson currently is the Globe's assistant managing editor for investigations.

Robinson was editor of the Globe's "Spotlight" investigative team in 2003 when the paper was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for public service for its coverage of the church abuse scandal that rocked the Boston's Roman Catholic archdiocese, culminating with the resignation of Cardinal Bernard Law as archbishop.

Baron said Robinson has agreed to serve as a consultant for at least a year.

"He will remain a resource for the entire paper," Baron said.


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