Dean Baquet Replaces Jill Abramson New
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The New York Times announced Wednesday that executive editor Jill Abramson is unexpectedly leaving her post and will be replaced by Dean Baquet, the newspaper’s current managing editor.

Formerly an investigative correspondent and Washington editor, Abramson was appointed to the position in 2011, making her the first woman to serve in that role.

“I’ve loved my run at The Times,” Abramson said in a statement. “I got to work with the best journalists in the world doing so much stand-up journalism.”

Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of the New York Times and chairman of the New York Times Company, added, “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. “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.”

A former Los Angeles Times editor, Baquet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and will become the first African-American executive editor of the New York Times.

“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,” Baquet said, “One that approaches the world with wonder and ambition every day.”

The reasons behind the shakeup have not yet been disclosed.

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