The executive editor of the New York Times, Jill Abramson, has been forced out by the newspaper's publisher, in an unexpected reshuffle at the top of the venerable publication, the Guardian reports.
In a move that caught even the most senior staff at the paper unawares, Arthur Sulzberger Jr, the publisher and chairman of the New York Times Company, announced that Abramson would be replaced immediately by Dean Baquet, the paper's managing editor. He is the first African American to hold the job.
Abramson, 60, was appointed to the top job in September 2011 and was the first woman to hold the position.
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