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Dean Baquet        

Executive Editor of the New York Times

Dean Baquet is ​executive editor of the New York Times​, the top position in the newsroom​. He assumed the role on ​May 14, 201​4, succeeding Jill Abramson, who left the post.

Mr. Baquet, had been managing editor for news ​for Ms. Abramson when she departed. He had also been Washington bureau chief for The Times ​when he rejoined paper in 2007 after several years at the Los Angeles Times, where he ​had been editor of the newspaper since 2005, ​ ​​the top newsroom position there. Before that, he was ​ the managing editor ​of the Los Angeles Times, taking that post in 2000. ​

Mr. Baquet joined The​New York ​Times in April 1990 as a metropolitan reporter. In May 1992 he became special projects editor for the business desk and in January 1994 he held the same title but ​operated out of the ​executive editor’s office.​ In 1995, he became the national editor of The Times.​

Before joining The Times, he reported for The Chicago Tribune from December 1984 to March 1990, and before that for The Times Picayune​ in, New Orleans for nearly seven years.

While at The Tribune, Mr. Baquet served as associate metropolitan editor for investigations and was chief investigative reporter, covering corruption in politics and ​in ​the garbage-hauling industry.

He was awarded a Pulitzer Prize for investigative reporting in March 1988 when he led a team of three in documenting corruption in the Chicago City Council, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1994 in the investigative reporting category. Mr. Baquet has also received numerous local and regional awards.

Born on Sept​. 21, 1956, Mr. Baquet majored in English at Columbia University ​from 1974 to 1978. He and his wife, Dylan, have one son, Ari.​


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