Live journalism is fast moving. It spans a broad array of subject areas. It is innovative. And it has a new leader who reflects all of those qualities and more.
We’re pleased to announce that our next Live editor will be Julie Bloom. Her mission will be to build on the successes of Live over the last two years and, by working with leaders across the newsroom and in Product, to help better define live journalism at The Times and create an even more reader-friendly live experience.
Those who have been involved in the biggest stories to grace our home page in recent years — whether it is the last presidential election, the fallout from the murder of George Floyd, the Afghanistan pullout, the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade — already know Julie well.
Julie joined National in 2017 after a successful tenure running the digital report over the weekends. As a deputy National editor, she took the lead on an array of stories, including the mass shootings in Las Vegas, Parkland and too many other places to tally. She was once on vacation in New Orleans when a shooting broke out in Baton Rouge. Obviously, she hustled there.
In between hurricanes, wildfires and other big news stories, she has overseen our expansion into California, spearheading the California Today newsletter and working with correspondents on major pieces exploring homelessness, earthquake preparedness, criminal justice and other topics. She also oversaw coverage of domestic extremism and, in recent months, coordinated the newsroom’s push to document challenges to democracy. Reporters consider her a forceful advocate for their work.
“Julie has an unerring instinct not only for speed but for big-picture coverage questions and enterprise,” said Jia Lynn Yang, “I’ve relied on her judgment countless times for when to go bigger on a subject, and when not to. And her sharp eye extends to her teammates and their well-being. Like a true leader, Julie’s often the first to notice if someone needs support and will quietly check in and help them.”
Julie’s interests extend well beyond hard news. She began at The Times on Culture in 2007 after freelancing for a year and she has written and edited stories dealing with dance, film and art. In 2013, she moved to Paris as the culture editor of the International New York Times in Paris.
“Julie’s found as often at the ballet as in front of a monitor,” said Sam Sifton. “She reads voraciously and travels with intent. She knows restaurants, galleries, fashion and media, and loves a Broadway opening night. Her knowledge base is deep, which will help bring to Live a sense of all that The Times has to offer.”
Please congratulate Julie on this important leadership role as she works with our strong Live Team — including Melissa Hoppert, Traci Carl, Sam Manchester and Kwame Opam — and others across The Times to take Live to the next level.
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