Globe deputy editor going to Broad Institute

Keith O'Brien / May 16, 2009
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Ellen Clegg, The Boston Globe's deputy managing editor for news operations, will be leaving the newspaper next month to take a position at the Broad Institute in Cambridge.

Clegg, 58, will become managing editor for communications platforms at the Broad Institute, which focuses on genetic research. She first joined the Globe in 1978 on the night copy desk and has held various editing positions, including city editor and regional editor.

In 2004, Clegg became deputy managing editor for the Sunday paper. Last year, Clegg assumed her current position at the paper where she is the top editor at night.

"Smart, knowledgeable, deeply committed, and ceaselessly hard-working, Ellen has been a steady, firm hand and wise leader through major initiatives and, more recently, tough times," Globe editor Martin Baron said in an e-mail to the staff yesterday. "Her job will be hard to fill, but her personal and professional qualities are harder still to replace."

Clegg said yesterday that she will not soon forget her years at the Globe.

"Anyone who spends time in a city room knows that people turn to newspapers for information, for opinion, for entertainment, and when they want to expose something they believe is unjust," Clegg said. "It has been a privilege to be part of that, and to work with the assembled talent at The Boston Globe."

Baron said he will move quickly to fill her position.