NEW YORK — The New York Times said Wednesday that executive editor Jill Abramson is being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet after two and a half years on the job.
The company didn't give a reason for the change. Abramson and Baquet had both been in their current positions since September 2011.
Baquet, 57, who would be the first African-American to hold the newspaper's highest editorial position, originally joined the Times in 1990 as a reporter and held positions including deputy metropolitan editor and national editor. He left the paper for the Los Angeles Times in 2000, where he served as managing editor and then editor. He rejoined the Times in 2007 and was Washington bureau chief before becoming the managing editor for news.
"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," Baquet said in a statement released by the newspaper Wednesday.
Abramson, 60, was the paper's first female executive editor. She joined the newspaper in 1997 after working for nearly a decade at the Wall Street Journal. She was the Times' Washington editor and bureau chief before being named managing editor in 2003.