Keller To Succeed Roberts As M.E. Of New York Times p. 3

By: Editorial Staff BILL KELLER, A Pulitzer Prize winner, was named managing editor of the New York Times, to succeed Gene Roberts, 65, who will complete a previously agreed to three-year stint this fall.
Keller, 48, is currently the Times' foreign editor. He will become Roberts' deputy on July 1 and will take over the managing editor's post at the end of September.
Succeeding Keller as foreign editor will be Andrew Rosenthal, 41, the paper's Washington editor since 1992.
Keller becomes the highest-ranking news executive under executive editor Joseph Lelyveld, 60.
Prior to joining the Times as Washington correspondent in 1984, Keller worked at the Dallas Times Herald, Congressional Quarterly, and the Portland Oregonian.
Keller became Moscow bureau chief of the Times in 1989, and became Johannesburg bureau chief in 1992. He became foreign editor in 1995.
Rosenthal joined the Times in 1987 from the Associated Press, where he was Moscow bureau chief. He has also served as White House correspondent and as a political correspondent for the Times.
The newspaper also named two new deputy managing editors ? Gerard Boyd, 46, and John Geddes, 45. Boyd is currently an assistant managing editor and will be responsible for news coverage. Geddes, currently the paper's business and financial editor, will be in charge of operations.
In other staff changes, R.W. Apple Jr., who has been Washington bureau chief, will become chief correspondent of the Times. Still based in Washington, he will travel around the country, writing about arts and culture, as well as about foreign and domestic affairs and politics.
Apple will be succeeded by Michael Oreskes, currently the Times' metro editor. Deputy metro editor Joyce Purnick will succeed Oreskes as metro editor.
Apple, 62, has headed the Washington bureau since 1992. He joined the Times from NBC News in 1983 and earlier worked for the Wall Street Joxurnal. He has also served as the Times' national political correspondent and covered eight presidential elections.
Oreskes, 42, joined the Times in 1981 from the New York Daily News.
Purnick, 51, will direct 120 reporters and editors as metro editor. She came to the Times from New York magazine in 1979.
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