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After the unexpected departure of Jill Abramson, Dean Baquet will now become the first African-American executive editor at the New York Times. It is being reported that many staffers at the newspaper were stunned when publisher Arthur Sulzberger, Jr. made the announcement to senior staff. No reason has been given for Abramson’s departure ,other than what Sulzberger refers to as “an issue with management in the newsroom.” While everyone is still puzzled about how it all came about, Baquet is a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter and the former editor of the Los Angeles Times. His accomplishments make him a more than deserving candidate to lead the newspaper.
Baquet, 57, was born in New Orleans and began his 25-year career in the newspaper industry in 1980 with The States-Item, his hometown paper. The States-Item has since merged with the Times-Picayune. It was at his second job in the newspaper industry with the Chicago Tribune that he won a Pulitzer Prize for being the leader of a three-person team that completed an in-depth investigation on corruption inside the Chicago City Council. Baquet then joined the New York Times in 1990, and he has served in several capacities while there. He started out as a metropolitan reporter, became a special projects editor, a deputy metropolitan editor, and then a national editor. In 2000, Baquet went to the Los Angeles Times where he was the editor and executive vice president of Los Angeles Times Communications. He came back to the New York Times in 2006 as chief executive of the Times’ Washington bureau.
In a statement about his recent promotion, Baquet stated: “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, one that approaches the world with wonder and ambition every day.”