Jill Abramson, first woman to hold top editor position at the NYT, unexpectedly resigns
Dean Baquet, the paper’s managing editor, will replace Abramson immediately
The New York Times surprised their readers, and the journalism community, by announcing that Jill Abramson, the executive editor at the paper, is “unexpectedly” leaving the position. The NYT named managing editor Dean Baquet as her replacement.
“Jill Abramson has my sincere thanks for not just preserving and extending the excellence of our news report during her time as executive editor, but also for inspiring her colleagues to adjust their approach to how we deliver the news,” Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., the publisher of The New York Times and chairman of The New York Times Company, said. “Her leadership helped further The Times down the path to our digital future, particularly with her embrace and oversight of new platforms and products like The Upshot, NYT Now and NYT5.”
“It is an honor to be asked to lead the only newsroom in the country that is actually better than it was a generation ago, one that approaches the world with wonder and ambition every day,” Baquet said. “The talented journalists of The New York Times make it the greatest news operation in history and I look forward to working with them to deliver the world’s most engaging and enterprising journalism.”
Twitter lit up with reaction from the news industry as the news came as a shock as there was very little evidence of any friction that might have led to the move.
Sulzberger wrote a memo to staff that many will go over for clues as to the motivation behind the move.
“This appointment (or Baquet) comes at a time when the newsroom is about to embark on a significant effort to transition more fully to a digital-first reality and where, across the organization, we are all learning to adapt to the rapid pace of change in our business,” wrote Sulzberger.