Jill Abramson Revisits Her Exit From the Times

One-time executive editor wishes she had done more of this.

The sub-headline of Isaac Chotiner’s Slate Q&A with former New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson parses a quote from the conversation. “I think I did not do enough listening,” she says with regards to being fired from the paper in 2014.

That portion of the interview with Chotiner recalling a New York magazine article written by Ann Friedman. Abramson stresses that she has very much moved on from that time, and then

“For a period of time after I was fired I spent a lot of time thinking about this and, you know, in some ways, that thinking was painful, but I think it also helped me sort of understand some of the reasons that both the people who worked above me at the Times and frankly, some of the people who worked for me in the newsroom, found fault with my management style. I think I did not do enough listening, especially to the people who were on the masthead and were part of my team, and I regret that.”

“Even though I’m not anybody’s boss right now, both in my teaching at Harvard and working on this book, I’ve tried to make sure that I listen more than talk. So, you know, I don’t really feel that it’s such a mystery, I guess I would say.”

Read the rest of their conversation here.