Jill Abramson, the New York Times Executive Editor, is the highest ranking person in the newsroom and the first woman to ever have the title. She talks about her role and the role of the Times in covering the news.
Jill Abramson is the editorial leader of The New York Times, the nation’s preeminent news organization. Before being named executive editor in September 2011, she served for eight years as managing editor, guiding the newsroom through a turbulent period and helping change its approach to news dissemination in the digital era. In 2010 she took a sabbatical from that role to gain firsthand experience in the paper’s online operations. Abramson joined the Times in 1997 and served as Washington bureau chief from 2000 to 2003. Before that, she was an investigative reporter and deputy bureau chief at The Wall Street Journal from 1988 to 1997. She is the coauthor of Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas, a finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award. Abramson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has taught writing at Princeton and Yale Universities.