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October 30, 2011
Jill Abramson
Executive Editor, The New York Times and Author, "The Puppy Diaries"
Jill Abramson BIO:
·Author, "The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout"
·Executive Editor, The New York Times

·Senior Staff Reporter, The American Lawyer (1976-1986)
·Editor in Chief, Legal Times (1986 - 1988)
·Senior Reporter, Deputy Bureau Chief, The Wall Street Journal (1988-1997)
·Washington Bureau Chief, The New York Times 1997

·Harvard University, B.A. History and Literature (1976)
·Ethical Culture Fieldston School, New York City (high school 1972)

·Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas (1995) coauthored with Jane Mayer
·Where Are They Now: The Story of the Women of Harvard Law (1974)

·Married to Henry Little Griggs III, two children

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Info: Jill Abramson discusses her new position as executive editor of The New York Times, as well as her new book, “The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout.” The book is a personal narrative describing her serious injuries after being hit by a truck while walking in Times Square, and her recovery with a new puppy named “Scout.” Abramson discusses her career in journalism, her motivation for writing, and her rise to her current position of executive editor at The Times. She speaks about the explosion of choices readers now face for obtaining information. She firmly asserts that The New York Times is more irreplaceable than ever because of its authority and the quality of the paper’s journalism. She relates the work done behind the scenes of some of the major stories covered by the paper, including the scandal surrounding former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer. In addition, Abramson shares her vision of changes she wishes to make at the paper, including an overall shortening of story length, where possible.

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