Jill Abramson “has been dismissed” from her post as executive editor of The New York Times, the Times reported Wednesday. Dean Baquet will be the new executive editor.
- Abramson in 2010. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
In its press release, the New York Times Co. quoted Abramson as saying ” I thank [Publisher] Arthur [Sulzberger Jr.], who has been a steadfast protector of our journalism, for the chance to serve.”.
Ravi Somaiya and David Carr report in the Times that Sulzberger told staffers he made the change because of “an issue with management in the newsroom.” Abramson will not stay on at the paper in any capacity, a Times spokesperson told Poynter in an email.
In The New Yorker Ken Auletta reported Sulzberger fired Abramson Friday, an event he writes was precipitated by her reaction to the discovery that her predecessor, Bill Keller, had been paid more:
“She confronted the top brass,” one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was “pushy,” a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect.
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