Powerful Women: Jill Abramson
My generation is more accustomed to digital word than written word. Even school textbooks are more common to be found online than in print. In such a digital age it’s impressive to have written anything, so that’s why it’s so impressive that The New York Times maintains such a stellar reputation.
The New York Times is the most decorated news organization of all time, winning 108 Pulitzer Prizes. The New York Times has jumped on the online trend and their website receives more than 30 million viewers per month. So who is the head of such a publication? The answer is Jill Abramson.
Abramson has always shown interest in written word. Born in 1954 in New York City, Abramson received a Bachelor’s degree from Harvard University in History and Literature in 1976. While attending Harvard, Abramson held a position as the Arts Editor of The Harvard Independent and worked with Time Magazine.
Post-graduation Abramson worked for almost ten years as a senior staff reporter for The American Lawyer. She was appointed editor in chief of Legal Times and she served as a senior reporter for the Washington division of The Wall Street Journal. In 1997, Abramson became chief of The New York Times, Washington division.
No doubt due in part to her many, many years of experience and expertise, Abramson was appointed executive editor at The New York Times in September 2011.
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