Jennifer Peter, the paper's city editor, will succeed McGrory, who will relaunch his column in early January. In a memo to the staff, Baron said a new publication schedule for the Globe's local columnists, including Yvonne Abraham, Kevin Cullen, and Adrian Walker, has yet to be determined.
When McGrory took the deputy managing editor job, he asked that he have the option to return to his column after two years, Baron said. McGrory recently decided to take that option.
"I'm sad to have one of America's best journalists step out of a position that is central to our success," Baron said. "I know, though, what we gain: The return of a superb columnist, also one of America's best, and just the sort of eloquent and forceful voice for the Globe in the community that is also critical to our success."
Peter joined the Globe in 2004 as co-editor of the north suburban edition, and later served as political editor. She became city editor in 2007.
"Jen knows the Globe well, having led the staff on some of our biggest stories," Baron said in his memo. "You'd be hard-pressed to find someone with her range and experience, and her appointment is a good reminder that the Globe newsroom has a remarkably deep reservoir of talent.''
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