The New Face of the New York Times

UPDATE: We are as eager as everyone else to see what this groundbreaker does for her next act, and we have no doubt it will be spectacular. Best of luck to you, Jill! Below, our March 2012 profile of Jill Abramson. And click here for Abramson's 2006 MORE essay on women and power.


She’s the first woman to run the world’s most powerful newspaper—and the first Times honcho to publish a book about her dog. Meet Jill Abramson, the tattooed, tough-talking, Gatsby-loving mother of two who’s not just reporting history but making it

by Nina Burleigh
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Photograph: Jason Schmidt

Abramson will reach the paper’s mandatory executive retirement age, 65, in seven years but won’t venture a public guess as to her legacy. “Premature to say,” she replies to a question about how she hopes to leave her mark. “There are new challenges every hour.” What she will say is that, as always, she plans to get a kick out of what she does and will never talk about her top position at the New York Times as a burden. “It amazes me that I have this job, and I’m going to enjoy it to the best that I can.”

NINA BURLEIGH is the author of The Fatal Gift of Beauty: The Trials of Amanda Knox.

Originally published in the March 2012 issue of MORE.

To read Jill Abramson's 2006 MORE essay about women and power, click here.

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First Published February 28, 2012

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Luellen Smiley 03.03.2012

This is a fascinating story about a woman I am happy to meet through the author's minds eye.
I am going to send Jill an email, because she may even read it. What I think we need to read now in the newspaper.

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