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Jill Abramson to leave the Times

Jill Abramson

The New York Times announced yesterday that its executive editor, Jill Abramson, is leaving. She will be replaced by her managing editor, Dean Baquet. The publisher didn’t go into detail about the reasons for the change, saying that it was “an issue of newsroom management," but Ken Auletta reports at the New Yorker's blog that there's rumor that it may have had to do with Abramson's dissatisfaction over her pay and pension benefits, which were significantly lower than that of her predecessor, Bill Keller. Abramson, who was the first female executive editor of the paper, has been described—controversially—as difficult to work with. Last year, a POLITICO article quoted anonymous sources complaining about Abramson’s management style; one person called her “impossible.”

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