New Orleans Native Dean Baquet Named Editor Of The New York Times

May 14, 2014

New Orleans native Dean Baquet has been named executive editor of The New York Times. He is replacing Jill Abramson, who has been in the position for two and a half years.

The company didn't give a reason for the change.

Baquet, who received a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in 1988, has worked for the Times for seven years. He would be the first African-American to hold the newspaper's highest editorial position.

Baquet began his newspaper career in New Orleans at the The States-Item and later worked for the The Times-Picayune.