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N.Y. Times elevates Raines

Lelyveld to retire in September

NEW YORK — Longstanding speculation over who will run the New York Times after executive editor Joseph Lelyveld’s mandatory retirement next year has been put to rest.

The Times on Monday tapped Howell Raines, who’s been editorial page editor of the paper since 1993, to succeed Lelyveld starting in September.

Raines, who will report to publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., inherits one of the most powerful jobs in the American newspaper biz — overseeing day-to-day operations of the newsroom.

A former Washington bureau chief at the Times, who came to be known for his prickly relationship with the Clinton administration, Raines has long been a leading contender for the exec editor job. The Times has not yet named his successor as editorial page editor.

The New York Times Co., which owns the Times, the Boston Globe, 15 other newspapers, eight network-affiliated TV stations and two Gotham radio stations, saw revenues of $3.5 billion last year.