ROCKFORD (WIFR) – YWCA of Rockford will host Jill Abramson, executive editor of The New York Times and number 5 on Forbes 2012 World's 100 Most Powerful Women, as Keynote Speaker for Leader Luncheon XXXIV: Women of Achievement, March 3, 2014.
Jill Abramson is executive editor of The New York Times, a position she assumed in September 2011. Ms. Abramson serves in the highest ranking position in The Times’s newsroom and oversees The New York Times news report in all its various forms.
Prior to being named executive editor, Ms. Abramson was managing editor of The Times from August 2003 until August 2011. As managing editor, she helped guide the newsroom through a particularly turbulent period. She helped supervise the coverage of two wars, four national elections, hurricanes and oil spills. She was also deeply engaged in the newsroom’s effort to change its approach to the dissemination of news and to expand to new and varied digital and mobile platforms.
Ms. Abramson joined The New York Times in 1997. She was named Washington bureau chief in December 2000 and served in that position until July 2003.
Prior to joining The Times, Ms. Abramson worked at The Wall Street Journal from 1988 to 1997. While there, she served as deputy bureau chief in its Washington, D.C., bureau and investigative reporter, covering money and politics.
Ms. Abramson is co-author of “Strange Justice: The Selling of Clarence Thomas,” a non-fiction finalist for the National Book Award and National Book Critics Circle Award in 1994, and “Where They Are Now: The Story of the Women of Harvard Law 1974,” published in 1986. She is also the author of “The Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout,” published in 2011.
Ms. Abramson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and has taught writing at Princeton and Yale Universities.