Jill Ellen Abramson
(born March 19, 1954) is the news managing editor
of The New York Times
. She has held the post since August 2003. Abramson will become the paper's executive editor in September 2011 and the first woman in this role in the paper's 160-year history.
Early life and education
A native of New York City, Abramson received her high school diploma from Ethical Culture Fieldston School
and a B.A.
in History and Literature from Harvard University
While a student at Harvard, she worked at Time
magazine from 1973 to 1976 and subsequently spent nearly a decade as a senior staff reporter for The American Lawyer
. In 1986, she was appointed as editor in chief
of Legal Times
in Washington, D.C., serving for two years. From 1988 to 1997, she was a senior reporter in the Washington bureau of The Wall Street Journal
, eventually rising to deputy bureau chief. She became the chief of The New York Times
Washington bureau upon her move to the newspaper in 1997.
Abramson was The Times' Washington Bureau chief during the turbulent period of Spring 2003 during the run-up to the war in Iraq and the Jayson Blair
scandal, which led to the resignation of Executive Editor Howell Raines
and Managing Editor Gerald Boyd
. Abramson was named to the news Managing Editor position (with co-Managing Editor John M.Geddes
) by Raines' successor Bill Keller
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