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Cate Barron
Job title:
Vice President of Content, PA Media Group

Cate Barron is a veteran Pennsylvania journalist with more than 30 years in the industry.

She began her career as news director at WMRF Radio in Lewistown before joining the Lewistown Sentinel newspaper as a reporter.

At the Patriot-News, she has served as features editor, managing editor and editor and was a supervising editor during the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the Sandusky scandal.

In 2013, when the newspaper and PennLive website became PA Media Group, she was named Vice President of Content. She led the challenging transition to a digitally based newsroom that included converting the paper to a three-day-a-week publication. PennLive has since grown to become one of the largest news and sports sites in the state. 

During her tenure as vice president of content, PennLive/The Patriot-News has continued to reap honors, winning Newspaper of the Year in 2012 and 2014 and the Keystone Sweepstakes Award in 2016. Last year, her efforts organizing media coalitions in First Amendment battles were recognized with the John V.R. Bull Freedom of Information Award.

Barron is past president of the PA Society of News Editors and PA Associated Press Media Editors boards. She served two terms on the national APME board and has been a repeat juror for the Pulitzer Prizes.

The 1978 Georgetown University graduate obtained a master’s degree in American Studies from Penn State in 2013.