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.
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