Dean Baquet Named As New York Times 1st African-American Executive Editor

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The New York Times on Wednesday announced that executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two and a half years on the job.

The company didn’t give a reason for the change. Abramson and Baquet had both been in their current positions since September 2011 according to The Associated Press.

Baquet, who would be the first African-American to hold the newspaper’s highest editorial position, received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988. Baquet, 57, has worked for the Times since 2007.

In making the announcement, Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the newspaper’s publisher and chairman of its parent company, called Baquet the best qualified journalist to take on the job in the Times’ newsroom.

 

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