NABJ Applauds The New York Times’ Promotion of Baquet
Monday, June 6, 2011
Posted by: Aprill Turner
named first woman executive editor
WASHINGTON, D.C. (June 6, 2011) – The National Association of Black Journalists today
congratulates member and veteran editor Dean Baquet on his appointment as
managing editor for news at The New York Times.
The Times also named Jill Abramson as the first woman named to lead the 160-year-old
news organization. Abramson, who has served as
managing editor since 2003, replaces Bill Keller, the top editor for eight
transitional years as the newspaper industry began its move from print to
The appointments of Baquet, former editor of
The Los Angeles Times, and Abramson are effective Sept. 6, according to a statement
from Arthur Sulzberger Jr.,
the paper’s publisher and the chairman of The New York Times Co.
is excited to learn of Dean Baquet’s appointment, and we look forward to seeing
results of perspectives he will bring to this position,” said Kathy Y. Times,
NABJ president. "We are proud of his work and his commitment to excellence.”
Times added, "We
take notice of The Times’ embrace of diversity in its newsroom, something that
leads to better coverage of an increasingly diverse audience.
”Leading the newsroom
with Abramson and Baquet is John
M. Geddes, who continues as managing editor for news operations, according to a
report by the Times.
A Times article stated that as managing editor
for news Baquet will supervise the daily report, a job he said he planned to do
through constant direct collaborations with editors and reporters.
"My main goal,” he told the staff, "is to stay
as close as possible to news gathering. To work the room, to talk to editors
and reporters every day, to make sure that we break big stories and have fun
in our industry have used the economic climate as an excuse to ignore diversity
in our nation’s newsrooms, the New York Times has stepped up as a leader in
reflecting the changing demographics of our country,” said Vice President-Print
Deirdre M. Childress. "These choices clearly exemplify that highly qualified
candidates are available for top positions in charge in our nation’s