Gerard Baker steps down as editor-in-chief of Wall Street Journal

Gerard Baker, the editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal for five and a half  years, is stepping down from the post effective June 11, the newspaper said Tuesday.

Matt Murray, the WSJ’s executive editor, will succeed Baker as editor-in-chief.

Baker will become an editor-at-large and will write columns and serve as a host at the paper’s network of conferences and events. He’ll also host a WSJ-themed show on the Fox Business Network.

Baker had been at the center of some newsroom turmoil over the perceptions that the WSJ had not been tough enough on President Trump.

That being said, under Baker’s tenure, the publication’s daily circulation grew by more than a third — led by a rapid digital expansion.

The WSJ is owned by News Corp., which also owns The Post.

Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp., said, “Gerry has been a very successful editor at a time when journalism has been digitally challenged. I have no doubt that Matt is a worthy successor as editor-in-chief and will be a leader of the highest commitment and integrity.”

Said Murray, “I am honored to have been appointed editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal and it is a privilege to serve our millions of readers in print and digital … There is little doubt at a time when journalism faces a host of challenges, readers are very hungry for sophisticated, fair, illuminating and fact-based journalism — and see us as a uniquely trusted news source.”

Baker in a statement said, “It has been an extraordinary opportunity to have led the world’s greatest and most trusted news organization.”

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