Between the Arcade Fire that was playing quietly on the computer in her office and the subway token tattoo on her shoulder that she showed off to Gabriel Sherman, New York Times managing editor Jill Abramson seems eerily hip in New York magazine.
Ms. Abramson got the tattoo in 2003 when she returned to New York City where she grew up in a Times-reading household on the Upper West Side (she did high school at Fieldston). Mr. Sherman notes that she reads celebrity magazines in her spare time.
Times executive editor Bill Keller announced in May that Ms. Abramson would be taking a break from her role as managing editor to “immerse herself in the digital part of our world.” According to Mr. Sherman’s profile, she spent part of the this time visiting places like The Huffington Post and Politico. Ms. Abramson didn’t feel threatened by what she saw. (“They do break real news, and they’re quite enterprising. But they’re not doing the Pentagon Papers,” she told Mr. Sherman.) Ms. Abramson also did some reporting while she was out and about.
The Observer reported last week that Ms. Abramson was returning to the role of managing editor sooner than planned. Mr. Sherman asked Ms. Abramson about her ambitions within the newsroom.
“I don’t dwell on it,” Abramson says when I ask about succession, evincing the diplomatic skill of the politicians she used to cover earlier in her career as an ace investigative reporter. “I think it would be a healthy, nice thing for the country. It is meaningful to have women in positions of leadership at important institutions in society. But, you know, there are wonderful male editors in this place who are just as capable as I am, and they could run this place exquisitely well. If it happens, it happens, if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”
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