By: Shawn Moynihan
Jill Abramson and John M. Geddes were named managing editors of The New York Times Thursday, marking the first time in the newspaper’s history that it has named two managing editors. The pair will assume the new position effective Sept. 2.
Abramson, 49, has been the Times‘ Washington bureau chief since 2000. Geddes, 51, has been the newspaper’s deputy managing editor since 1997. Both succeed former Managing Editor Gerald Boyd, who resigned earlier this year.
The appointments were announced by Bill Keller, executive editor of the Times. “In Jill and John, I will have two sidekicks who are superb journalists, genuine leaders, straight shooters, deeply committed to this paper and all it stands for,” Keller said.
No replacement has been named for Abramson, who will focus on newsgathering. Geddes will not be replaced, as his promotion is an expansion of his current responsibilities at the Times. He will manage the paper’s news operations.
The appointment of two managing editors comes in the wake of recommendations released Wednesday by the 28-person Siegal Committee, an in-house group investigating the Jayson Blair scandal and its impact on the newspaper’s credibility.