Revolving Door: Leadership Changes at the ‘NY Times,’ and More

Left to right: Baquet, Abramson, Keller. Photo: Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Jill Abramson has been named the executive editor of The New York Times, with Bill Keller stepping down to take on a full-time writing position. Abramson was the paper’s managing editor, and served as an investigative reporter with the paper and as Washington bureau chief. She is the paper’s first-ever female executive editor. Keller held the position for eight years and currently writes a column for the Sunday Times Magazine.

Dean Baquet, the current Washington bureau chief is being moved to the managing editor position.

As the announcement was made, some reporters were tweeting the news, sparking some debate about how and when NYT reporters should use social media.

More Revolving Door after the jump.

Here are this week’s media highlights from Mediabistro’s Revolving Door Newsletter:

Abena Agyeman-Fisher has been named senior news editor at She had been news manager at AOL’s Black Voices. (FBLA)

Joel Schwartzberg has been named digital executive producer at Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He had been senior editor at PBS Interactive. (mb)

Christopher Farley has been named editorial director at The Wall Street Journal‘s blog network. He had been editor of Speakeasy there. (FBNY)

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*Update: News from NBC News as well: former president and CEO of NPR Vivian Schiller is joining the network as head of digital projects. Schiller was pushed out of her position at NPR after video of an NPR exec was caught on film making negative remarks about the Tea Party. Schiller was previously head of the NY Times website. [via TheWrap]