Jill Abramson, the first woman to run The New York Times, has been removed from her position effective immediately, but her shocking firing has made room for an African-American to edit the paper for the first time.
Dean Baquet will take over immediately as the executive editor, a sudden change that’s reportedly due to a previous clash in leadership styles. “We had an issue with management in the newsroom,” Sulzberger said, according to Times reporter Ravi Somaiya, who was one of several Times staffers posting updates on Twitter.
CNN’s Brian Stelter Tweeted the announcement which came from publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. “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 reportedly said. Stelter noted, “he won’t elaborate further,” except to say, “there is nothing more at issue here.”
Baquet, a former Los Angeles Times editor, is looking forward to leading the historical newspaper in a new direction. “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,” he said in a statement.
“There is no journalist in our newsroom or elsewhere better qualified to take on the responsibilities of executive editor at this time than Dean Baquet,” Sulzberger said. “He is 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.”
Abramson was the newspaper’s first female editor who joined the Times in 1997. As a former investigative reporter, she was appointed as executive editor in 2011. There is currently no word on what she will be doing next, but this announcement is major news.