NY Times Exec Editor Reflects on First Year

One year down.

Roughly one year ago, Dean Baquet—The New York Times executive editor—took over the paper under less than ideal circumstances. The Times had just ousted Jill Abramson and Baquet was forced to comment on the messy situation and his role in it. Over and over and over again.

Now that time has passed, Baquet has been asked to reflect on his first year on the job. Below are some highlights from his interview with Margaret Sullivan, the Times’ public editor.

Biggest frustration: “That not enough people know how good we are, how well we’re doing financially, and how bright the future looks for us.”

Low point: “The deaths of David Carr and Barbara Strauch.”

High point: “The Pulitzers. Not just what it meant to win three of them, but to have a total of eight finalists all across the paper.”

Daily mantra: “I want to be sure that I talk about stories every day. It takes work. If I end the day without doing that, I feel like I’ve lost something.”