Reuters Snatches Up Ex-NYT Editor Jim Roberts

The Twitter-obsessed newsman slated to become the executive editor of Reuters digital

Reuters has hired former New York Times managing editor Jim Roberts as executive editor of Reuters digital, per a company memo from Reuters digital editor Chrystia Freeland to staff this afternoon.

Roberts, who has amassed 80,000-plus followers on Twitter and remains a go-to resource for breaking news obsessives, took a buyout last month from The New York Times, where he worked as assistant managing editor. Freeland noted to staff that the position is newly created for Roberts and that he will "oversee the editorial work of and our global family of Reuters websites, our opinion team and our online video operation." 

During his time with the paper, Roberts continually pushed to redefine the Times' digital presence both on social media and through initiatives like a video partnership between the paper and BuzzFeed during the RNC and DNC conventions.

You can read the full memo at the New York Observer, which first reported the news.

Reuters colleagues greeted the news with excitement on Twitter.


Roberts, who did not immediately comment via Twitter, eventually emerged with a coy remark.

Then he confirmed the news.