Nancy Barnes is the editor of The Boston Globe. A veteran journalist who has held the top job at news organizations across the country, Barnes has produced journalism of the highest caliber. Prior to joining the Globe, she was the SVP/News & Editorial Director of NPR from 2018 through 2022, where she led a team of more than 500 journalists and newsroom executives and oversaw NPR’s journalism across platforms and around the world. Barnes has a proven track record of elevating metro news outlets to their highest potential. As SVP/News for Hearst Texas newspapers and Executive Editor of The Houston Chronicle from 2013 to 2018, the paper won its first Pulitzer Prize and earned three Pulitzer Finalist nods. As SVP & Editor of the Minneapolis Star Tribune from 2007 to 2013, she led the newsroom to win multiple national awards, including a Pulitzer Prize in local reporting. She is a past president of the News Leaders Association and a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board.
A native of Massachusetts, she has an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of North Carolina.