Newly appointed managing editor Dean Baquet, left, newly appointed executive editor Jill Abramson and Bill Keller. (Photo: AP Photo/The New York Times, Fred R. Conrad)
In a double move, the New York Times made history and continued a tradition of appointing Black editors to senior posts. Jill Abamson, who is white, was named as the first woman executive editor in the paper’s 160-year history. It is the top job at the paper.
Veteran editor Dean Baquet was named managing editor. The African-American man now holds the number two spot at the publication. Since 2007, Baquet had been a New York Times assistant managing editor and Washington bureau chief. Prior to that, the former investigative reporter, was editor of the Los Angeles Times.
Baquet won Pulitzer Prize winner for investigative reporting in 1988.
Baquet is not the first African-American managing editor at the New York Times. That honor went to the late Gerald Boyd. He resigned from the paper in the wake of the Jayson Blair plagiarism scandal.
Boyd died of lung cancer at age 56.