New York Times' Top Editor Jill Abramson Abruptly Replaced

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Jill Abramson's replacement will be Dean Baquet, a managing editor at the paper who was formerly a top editor at the Los Angeles Times.

Jill Abramson, the first woman to serve as executive editor of The New York Times, is stepping down after nearly three years in the role, the company said on Wednesday. 

Her replacement will be Dean Baquet, 57, a managing editor at the paper who was formerly a top editor at the Los Angeles Times

“I've loved my run at The Times," said Abramson, 60, in a statement. "I got to work with the best journalists in the world doing so much stand-up journalism. Holding powerful institutions accountable is the mission of The Times and the hallmark of my time as executive editor, whether stories about China, government secrecy, or powerful figures and corporations."

The publisher of the TimesArthur Sulzberger Jr. said that "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."

In November 2012, the former BBC director-general Mark Thompson became CEO of the Times Company. Thompson and Abramson made significant efforts to increase digital subscriptions to the newspaper with several different subscriber options including Times Plus and the news app NYT Now. The total number of paid digital subscribers totaled 799,000 at the end of the first quarter of 2014. 

"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," said Baquet in a statement. The editor had been with The New York Times since March 2007, after resigning as the Los Angeles Times' top editor in November 2006.