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Sam Sifton Named National Editor at The New York Times

Sam Sifton is now officially the New York Times’ National Editor. Earlier this week Jill Abramson brushed off the rumor, telling WWD, “I’ll pass on that one,” but Brian Stelter just tweeted, “It’s official: dining critic and Twitter star @SamSifton is the NYT’s new national editor.”

Sifton has only been the Times’ Restaurant Critic for two years and doesn’t have much experience with news coverage, but of course he’s going to be excited about the chance to give it a shot. Sifton tweeted the news by stating, “I’m stepping down as restaurant critic to be the national editor of The Times. #checkplease.”

There is currently no word on who will replace Sifton.

UPDATE:
The Abramson memo can be seen here.

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