Jill Abramson Named New York Times' Executive Editor

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She will replace Bill Keller; Dean Baquet has been tapped as managing editor for news.

Jill Abramson has been tapped to replace Bill Keller as New York Times’ executive editor, it was reported Thursday.

Abramson, 57, who is a former investigate reporter and Washington bureau chief for the Times, will succeed Keller, 62, who is stepping down to become a full-time reporter for the newspaper. She has been one of Keller’s top two deputies overseeing the newsroom.

In addition, Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet has been tapped as managing editor for news. He previously served as the editor of the Los Angeles Times.

“Jill and Dean together is a powerful team,” Keller said to the Times. “Jill’s been my partner in keeping the Times strong through years of tumult. At her right hand she will have someone who ran a great American newspaper, and ran it through tough times. That’s a valuable skill to have.”        

John M. Geddes, 59, continues to act as managing editor for news operations at the Times.

Both Abramson and Baquet assume their new positions Sept. 6.

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