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The New York Times Names Margaret Sullivan Public Editor

The New York Times has named Margaret Sullivan its new public editor. Sullivan is the first woman public editor at the paper. She comes to the Times from The Buffalo News, where she served as editor and vice president. She had been with the Buffalo News since 2000.

At the Times, Sullivan will have a more active digital role than her predecessors. Sullivan will be an “initiator, orchestrator and moderator of an ongoing conversation about the Times’ journalism,” according to a press release. She will also be posting thoughts on a blog.

“Margaret has exactly the right experience to assume this critical role for us at this time,” said Jill Abramson, executive editor of the Times. “She has an impressive 32-year background in print journalism where she has distinguished herself as a reporter, columnist, editor and manager. And critically for us at this time, she has shown adeptness at embracing new platforms and engaging and interacting with readers in real time online, in print and in person.”

Sullivan’s first day is September 1.

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