[UPDATED] Dean Baquet replaces Jill Abramson as New York Times executive editor

Why Jill Abramson was fired: “Several weeks ago,” writes Ken Auletta, “Abramson discovered that her pay and her pension benefits as both executive editor and, before that, as managing editor were considerably less than the pay and pension benefits of Bill Keller, the male editor whom she replaced in both jobs. ‘She confronted the top brass,’ one close associate said, and this may have fed into the management’s narrative that she was ‘pushy,’ a characterization that, for many, has an inescapably gendered aspect…..” Read the rest of the New Yorker piece.

* NPR’s David Folkenflik explains Abramson’s downfall (vox.com)
* Walter Isaacson: Baquet can be a tough reporter and also a nice person (time.com)
* How Times editors learned of Abramson’s ouster (capitalnewyork.com)

-- The masthead's already updated

— The masthead’s already updated

New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr.’s memo to staff:

From: NYT Company Mail
Sent: Wednesday, May 14, 2014 2:34 PM
To: All Company Employees
Subject: Note from Arthur

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to announce a leadership change in the newsroom. Effective today, Dean Baquet will become our new executive editor, succeeding Jill Abramson.

This appointment comes at a time when the newsroom is about to embark on a significant effort to transition more fully to a digital-first reality and where, across the organization, we are all learning to adapt to the rapid pace of change in our business.

We owe Jill an enormous debt of gratitude for positioning the newsroom to succeed on both of these critical counts and of course, for preserving and extending the level of our journalistic excellence and innovation. She’s laid a great foundation on which I fully expect Dean and his colleagues will build.

As those of you who know Dean will understand, he is uniquely suited to this role. He is a proven manager, both here at The Times and elsewhere. He is also a consummate journalist whose reputation as a fierce advocate for his reporters and editors is well-deserved. And importantly, he is an enthusiastic supporter of our push toward further creativity in how we approach the digital expression of our journalism.

I know you will join me, Mark and the rest of the senior leadership team in wishing Jill the best and congratulating Dean on his appointment.


“I loved my run at the Times,” Abramson says in a press release. She was named Times executive editor in June of 2011.

Times staffer Ravi Somaiya tweets: “The change was attributed, by Arthur Sulzberger Jr, to ‘an issue with management in the newsroom.'” | Check out the photos from the Times newsroom.

* Jill Abramson is replaced by Dean Baquet at the Times (nytimes.com)
* Abramson wasn’t at this afternoon’s news meeting (capitalnewyork.com)
* The Abramson-era New York Times was a business success (vox.com)
* Nate Silver says he’ll always be a huge Abramson fan (@NateSilver538)
* Baquet is “the Doc Rivers of journ editors. Has respect of whole team” (@patrickbigpix)