Jill Abramson, the executive editor of The New York Times, is unexpectedly leaving the position and will be replaced by Dean Baquet, the managing editor of the newspaper, the paper announced Wednesday.
"I've loved my run at The Times," Miss Abramson said in a statement. "I got to work with the best journalists in the world doing so much stand-up journalism."
Times publisher and chairman Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., made the announcement to senior editors in a meeting Wednesday afternoon, and then addressed the full newsroom around 2:30 p.m., the paper said.
"(Mr. Baquet) is an exceptional reporter and editor with impeccable news judgment who enjoys the confidence and support of his colleagues around the world and across the organization," Mr. Sulzberger said.
Mr. Baquet said it was an "honor" to accept the new position.
Reasons for the sudden switch were not made immediately clear.
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