(Actually) Throwing Judy From The Train

Posted by: Jon Fine on November 9, 2005

New York Times announces, with a terseness preventing the use of commas, that Judy Miller “has chosen to retire effective immediately.”

Full statement, all three paragraphs of it, after the jump.

Brief memo that Executive Editor Bill Keller sent to Miller, including a mea culpa on the eyebrow-raising use of the word “entanglement,” posted by Romenesko here.

The big, unanswered question: What’s Judy’s next move?

Statement from The New York Times

The New York Times said today that reporter Judith Miller has chosen to retire effective immediately.

Ms. Miller joined The Times in 1977. She was part of The New York Times team that was awarded the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Explanatory Reporting for its informed and detailed reporting, before and after the September 11 attack on America, that profiled the global terrorism network and the threats it posed. Earlier this year, Ms. Miller served 85 days in prison after refusing to testify about conversations she had with a confidential source.

“We are grateful to Judy for her significant personal sacrifice to defend an important journalistic principle,” said Arthur Sulzberger Jr., publisher of The New York Times. “I respect her decision to retire from The Times and wish her well.”

“In her 28 years at The Times, Judy has participated in some great, prize-winning journalism," said Bill Keller, executive editor of The New York Times. “She displayed fierce determination and personal courage both in pursuit of the news and in resisting assaults on the freedom of news organizations to report. She carries our best wishes into the next phase of her career.”



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