Collins To Return As ‘NY Times’ Op-Ed Columnist

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By: E&P Staff

Andrew Rosenthal, deputy editorial page editor, has been named editorial page editor of The New York Times, effective January 1. He will succeed Gail Collins, the newspaper announced this afternoon.

She plans to take a leave of absence to complete a sequel to her 2003 book “America’s Women.” When she returns to the paper it will be to write an Op-Ed column starting next July. How this might alter the paper’s Op-Ed lineup is not known.

“Under Gail’s direction, The Times’s editorial page has grown in its journalistic scope and its physical scale,” said Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., publisher of The Times and chairman of The New York Times Company, in statement. “She has seen us through the horror of 9/11, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and a time of great political turmoil. Her lasting legacy will be the expansion of the Sunday editorial pages from two to three, her supervision in the creation of Times Select and the development of editorial pages for each of our Sunday regional sections. As much as I will miss her leadership, I’m thrilled she will be returning to our Op-Ed pages as a columnist. We have missed her voice there.

“When Andy moved from the newsroom to his position as deputy editorial page editor three years ago,” Sulzberger continued, “we did not know the degree to which he was a born editorial writer. He has penned some of the most powerful and insightful editorials that have run on our pages. With his depth of journalistic experiences – from Moscow bureau chief for the Associated Press to Washington correspondent and foreign editor for The Times – Andy has an expansive vision of our world and the issues we confront. His extraordinary understanding of both print and online journalism will serve us well as we expand our offerings across media.”

Rosenthal, 50, is the son of the late Abe Rosenthal, the Times’ legend and former top editor. Andrew Rosenthal was named deputy editorial page editor of The New York Times in 2003 after having served as assistant managing editor, foreign editor and national editor of The Times.

Collins, 60, became editorial page editor of The New York Times in 2001. Previously she had been a columnist for The Times and a member of the paper’s editorial board. She has written several books. Before joining The Times in 1995, she was a columnist at New York Newsday from 1991 until 1995 and the New York Daily News from 1985 until 1991.

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