The Associated Press June 2, 2011, 12:12PM ET

Top NY Times editor Bill Keller stepping down

The executive editor of The New York Times, Bill Keller, will step down this summer after eight years on the job and will be replaced by managing editor Jill Abramson, who will become the first woman to hold the newspaper's top editing post.

Keller, who presided over the newsroom during a time of enormous change within the industry, will stay on as a full-time writer for The New York Times Magazine and the newspaper's Sunday opinion and news section, the Times announced Thursday.

"Bill came to me several weeks ago and told me that he felt the time had come for him to step down from the role of executive editor," Times chairman and publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. said in a statement. "I accepted his decision with mixed emotions."

Abramson joined the Times in 1997 after working for nearly a decade at The Wall Street Journal. She was the Times' Washington editor and bureau chief before Keller picked her to become the managing editor in 2003.

Dean Baquet, now an assistant managing editor and Washington bureau chief at the paper, will succeed Abramson as managing editor.

The Times said the changes are effective Sept. 6.


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