Dean Baquet has malignant tumor removed

The New York Times

New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet "had a malignant tumor removed from his kidney on Saturday and will spend about a week away from the office while recovering," Ravi Somaiya reports in the Times.

Doctors discovered the tumor on Thursday, Mr. Baquet said, and felt that it required “immediate attention.” He had “minimally invasive, completely successful surgery,” he said, “and my doctors have given me an excellent prognosis.”

Here's the email Baquet sent to staff Monday:

Subject: A Note from Dean

To the Staff:

As some of you may have noticed, I've been out of the office for the past few days. On Thursday, doctors found a malignant tumor on my kidney that they felt required immediate attention. I had minimally invasive, completely successful surgery on Saturday and my doctors have given me an excellent prognosis. I will be out of the office for about a week while I mend.

I know this comes as we are all trying to move forward in the newsroom. During my absence, I will be in touch with the newsroom leadership - perhaps more than they like - and we will continue to push ahead with various initiatives.

One thing I know will not stall or even slow is our amazing news report. Just in the last few days, we have shown the tremendous power of our reporting as American politics and the Mideast were simultaneously upended and the World Cup matches began in Brazil. Every day's report makes me more honored to be part of the newsroom and I assure you that I will be back there as soon as possible.


  • Andrew Beaujon

    Andrew Beaujon reported on the media for Poynter from 2012 to 2015. He was previously arts editor at and managing editor of Washington City Paper. He's the author of the 2006 book "Body Piercing Saved My Life," about Christian rock and evangelical Christian culture.


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