Jill Abramson Out at New York Times, Paper Names First African-American Top Editor

Jill Abramson (left) and Dean Baquet (right)
Jill Abramson (left) and Dean Baquet (right)

Jill Abramson is being replaced as executive editor of The New York Times, the newspaper announced today.

"I've loved my run at The Times," she said in a statement. "I got to work with the best journalists in the world doing so much stand-up journalism," she said, noting her appointment of many senior female editors as one of her achievements.

Abramson, 60, will be replaced by Dean Baquet, 57, the managing editor of the newspaper. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. announced the news to senior editors today and addressed the newsroom this afternoon.

Baquet, a Pulitzer prize-winning reporter and former Los Angeles Times editor, will become the newspaper’s first African-American executive editor, The Times reports.

Abramson, who became editor in 2011, was the first woman to hold that top position at the newspaper.

According to Politico, Sulzberger said the change was due to a management issue and was not related to the quality of journalism under Abramson’s tenure.

"I choose to appoint a new leader for our newsroom because I believe that new leadership will improve some aspects of the management of the newsroom," Sulzberger said. "This is not about any disagreement between the newsroom and the business side."

Baquet was greeted with a standing ovation as he was introduced as executive editor, Politico reports.

In a statement issued after the meeting, Sulzberger called Baquet "an exceptional reporter and editor with impeccable news judgment who enjoys the confidence and support of his colleagues around the world and across the organization."

Sulzeberger also commended Abramson for her work.

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