Abramson, would succeed Bill Keller, who would become a writer for the New York Times Magazine and for the paper's Sunday opinion section. Assistant Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief Dean Baquet would become a managing editor.
Abramson had worked as an investigative journalist at The Wall Street Journal. She joined The Times in 1997. She became the paper's Washington bureau chief in 2000.
"Jill and Dean together is a powerful team," Keller said. Infact he said," Jill's been my partner in keeping The Times strong through years of tumult. At her right hand she will have someone who ran a great American newspaper, and ran it through tough times. That's a valuable skill to have."