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.