New York Times Names Jill Abramson Top Editor

The New York Times has named longtime managing editor Jill Abramson to become executive editor. She’ll replace her boss, Bill Keller, who’ll step down to become a writer for the paper. Abramson was an investigative reporter and former Washington bureau chief for the paper before being named managing editor in 2003. According to the Times, the 57-year-old Abramson likened the job to “ascending to Valhalla.” The change takes place Sept. 6. Keller ran the paper for the past eight years at a time when it was reeling from the implications of the digital age, which has taxed every newspaper’s circulation and advertising revenues. These troubles are a big part of the Andrew Rossi-directed Page One: Inside The New York Times, a documentary that made its debut at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and was acquired by Magnolia Pictures and Participant Media.

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