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New York Times editor Jill Abramson leaves newspaper

Abramson, first woman to head the newspaper, will be replaced by Dean Baquet, first African-American to fill top spot

Jill Abramson is leaving The New York Times, the newspaper is reporting. Politico first reported the news.

Abramson, 60, was the first woman to fill the role of executive editor of the prestigious newspaper. She was appointed to lead the paper in 2011 and is a former investigative correspondent and Washington bureau editor for the Times.

“I’ve loved my run at The Times,” she said in a news release. “I got to work with the best journalists in the world doing so much stand-up journalism.” Abramson noted her appointment of several female senior editors as one of her major accomplishments.

New York Times general reporter Ravi Somaiya tweeted that the change in leadership at the top of the masthead was attributed by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the newspaper's publisher, to “an issue with management in the newsroom” but gave no further information.

Abramson will be succeeded by Dean Baquet, the Times’ current managing editor. Baquet, 57, is a Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist and former editor of the Los Angeles Times. He will be the first African-American to take the helm at 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,” he told The New York Times, “one that approaches the world with wonder and ambition every day.”

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