Jill Abramson Replacing Bill Keller as Top Editor at the New York Times


Jill Abramson, the former Washington bureau chief and a reporter at the New York Times, will become executive editor of the paper in place of Bill Keller, who will focus on his writing, the Grey Lady announces today. Abramson will be the first woman to serve in the Times‘ top spot. Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet will be Abramson’s number two as the paper’s new managing editor. Abramson, a native New Yorker, says the promotion is like “ascending to Valhalla.” Keller worked as executive editor for eight years and recently started as a columnist at the New York Times Magazine, where he’s stirred the media pot with anti-technology polemics. “In my house growing up, the Times substituted for religion,” Abramson added. “If the Times said it, it was the absolute truth.”