‘Boston Globe’ Names Chacon New Ombud

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By: E&P Staff

The Boston Globe named deputy foreign editor Richard Chacon its new ombudsman, effective June 27. He will report to Publisher Richard Gilman. Chacon is currently finishing a nine-month Nieman Fellowship in Journalism at Harvard University.

?In our discussions,? Gilman said in a statement, ?Richard has repeatedly expressed an interest in hearing from the community in its broadest terms and not simply from those with complaints or criticisms.?

Chacon, 40, will be the newspaper’s eighth ombudsman. His principal function is to handle reader complaints and criticisms and will address cases where concerns about the fairness or accuracy of coverage are raised and remain unresolved. He will write a column every other week on the newspaper’s op-ed page and online ombudsman’s page.

?I look forward to the challenge of covering – and uncovering – the Globe through the eyes of our readers with the hope of creating a better newspaper,? he said.

Before becoming deputy foreign editor in 2001, Chacon served as foreign correspondent for the paper in Latin America. He previously covered higher education and Boston politics. He was an editorial writer at New York Newsday and has experience in broadcast journalism.

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