Skip to comments.Jill Abramson and John M. Geddes Named Managing Editors of The New York Times
Posted on 07/31/2003 4:23:07 PM PDT by Timesink
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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 31, 2003--Jill Abramson and John M. Geddes were named managing editors of The New York Times today, effective September 2. Ms. Abramson has been the newspaper's Washington bureau chief since 2000 and Mr. Geddes has been the newspaper's deputy managing editor since 1997. The appointments were announced by Bill Keller, executive editor of The Times.
Ms. Abramson, 49, and Mr. Geddes, 51, succeed Gerald Boyd who resigned earlier this year. A replacement for Ms. Abramson has not been named at this time. Mr. Geddes will not be replaced, as his promotion is an expansion of his current portfolio of responsibilities.
Mr. Keller said, "In Jill and John, I will have two sidekicks who are superb journalists, genuine leaders, straight shooters, deeply committed to this paper and all it stands for."
In their new roles Ms. Abramson will focus on newsgathering while Mr. Geddes will be responsible for news operations. This is the first time in the newspaper's history that it has named two managing editors. The decision to appoint a managing editor to oversee news operations reflects the growing complexity of a company that now delivers its news in a variety of formats. It also honors the work of the Siegal Committee, which proposed greater attention to the management of the newsroom, including training and career development.
Ms. Abramson was appointed Washington bureau chief in 2000. Before that she was Washington editor from 1999 to 2000 where she was responsible for planning and directing the work of The Times's 60-member bureau. Before becoming Washington editor she served as the enterprise editor in the Washington bureau. She joined the newspaper in 1997.
Previously, she worked at The Wall Street Journal from 1988 to 1997. There she served as deputy bureau chief in its Washington, D.C., bureau and as investigative reporter, covering money and politics.
From 1986 to 1988 she was editor in chief of Legal Times, a weekly newspaper in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Abramson received a B.A. degree in history and literature, graduating magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1976.
She is co-author of "Strange Justice," published by Houghton Mifflin in 1994, and "Where They Are Now," published by Doubleday in 1986. "Strange Justice" was a non-fiction finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994. Ms. Abramson won the National Press Club award for national correspondence in 1992 for political coverage of money and politics.
Mr. Geddes, who joined The New York Times as a business/financial editor in 1994, has been a deputy managing editor since 1997.
Prior to joining The Times, Mr. Geddes was the chief executive officer of BIS Strategic Decisions, a market research company acquired by Friday Holdings, an investment partnership, in 1994. Before that he was a principal at Friday Holdings.
From 1976 to 1993, Mr. Geddes worked in the newspaper industry. Thirteen of those years were spent at The Wall Street Journal in various positions including: bureau chief, Bonn, Germany; deputy managing editor and then managing editor, The Wall Street Journal/Europe; news editor, assistant managing editor; senior editor, and national news editor. He was an economics correspondent in Bonn for The Times from January 1979 to March 1980, a reporter in Bonn for the AP-Dow Jones News Service from January 1978 to January 1979, a New York reporter for AP-Dow Jones News Service from September 1976 to January 1978 and a reporter at The Ansonia Evening Sentinel, Ansonia, Conn., in 1976.
Mr. Geddes received a B.A. degree in economics, graduating cum laude, from the University of Rhode Island in 1974. He received an M.A. degree in business journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, in 1976.
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This is so rich. What was her sidekicks name?
Wasn't Ms. Abramson involved with getting the private background info on Linda Tripp...from the Pentagon...and then leaking it to the press...from Ken the bowtie guy?????
Is my memory correct here?
I'm just about positive that's Abramson on the left, not in all black outfit
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