Jill Abramson

(Jill Ellen Abramson)

Jill Abramson
Jill Abramson
  • Born: March 19, 1954
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Journalist, Editor, Author









Jill Ellen Abramson is an American author and journalist. She is best known as the former executive editor of The New York Times. Abramson held that position from September 2011 to May 2014. She was the first female executive editor in the paper's 160-year history. Abramson joined the New York Times in 1997, working as the Washington bureau chief and managing editor before being named as executive editor. She previously worked for The Wall Street Journal as an investigative reporter and a deputy bureau chief. In March 2016, she was hired as a political columnist for Guardian US.

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Investigative reporting is not a way to make friends. Media, Journalism & The Press
The art of power often involves brutality — and other offenses too. Power
The lobbyists are a kind of permanent other government. Lobbying & Special Interests
The political biographies most popular in the modern era often tell us less about their subjects than about the moment in which the books themselves are published. History
Although I believe the Web has greatly increased the distribution of quality news, I do worry about those who don't have Internet access.
As a big user of public libraries, I deplore the cutbacks they have had to sustain.
As someone who has spent a lot of her career as an investigative reporter, I'll confess that a frustration of mine has always been that so much investigative journalism involves a dissection of events in the past.
Budget cuts are a sad reality in most newsrooms, and I am concerned that they reduce the collective muscle of journalists who are doing the expensive, and often dangerous, work of on-the-ground reporting. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Having small children and being an investigative reporter would seem like a difficult mix, but it worked well for me. I was often working on my own enterprise stories, which were not as deadline sensitive.
I admit that I am hopelessly hooked on the printed newspaper. I love turning the pages and the serendipity of stumbling across a piece of irresistible information or a photograph that I wasn't necessarily intending to read. Love, Romance, Marriage & Sex
I am in awe of women who have full family lives and seem to work round the clock in the 24/7 news cycle. Women ;Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I do see myself as someone who has a lot of story ideas.
I don't keep up with Twitter all day long.
I don't pretend I know everything.
I have an older sister who sounds, unfortunately, exactly like me, and we sound like our mother did.
I have heard Obama officials say more than once, 'You will have blood on your hands if you publish this story.'
I have to pay attention to work on the weekends and always have my iPhone with me, but I don't mind. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I like the immediacy of blogs and the democratizing effects of letting millions of voices bloom on the Web.
I think a lot about something: Abe Rosenthal was once asked what he wanted on his headstone, and he said he wanted it just to say, 'He kept the paper straight.' And I think about that a lot.
I think about the question of perspective in reporting all the time, and since I spent 20 years of my career in Washington as both a reporter and an editor I'm keenly aware that a newspaper should not be dominated by stories in which the only voices and perspective come from those in power. Time ;Power
I think as an investigative reporter I had tough standards, but I don't think of myself as a tough person.
I think that a great newspaper is one that puts a real premium on digging to get the story behind the story.
I think the Huffington Post has been inventive and presents what it aggregates well.
I'm a huge dog nut - giant, giant.
I'm talking to anyone who has been dumped - have not gotten the job you really wanted or have received those horrible rejection letters from grad school. You know, the disappointment of losing, or not getting something you badly want. When that happens, show what you are made of.
In one's relationship with dogs and with a newsroom, a generous amount of praise and encouragement goes much better than criticism.
I've pretty much stopped using a laptop because I'm not line-editing a lot of things anymore.
I've taught a college journalism course at two universities where my students taught me more than I did them about how political news is consumed.
My advice on getting a raise is what everybody's advice is: to become a confident negotiator; but that is so hard. My admiration for women who are good at that is unbridled. Women in general have a harder time talking about money with their bosses. Time ;Women ;Money, Coins & Minting
Nobody wants a unitary voice of authority any more.
People often assume New York City is no place to keep a dog. This is certainly what my parents told me when I was growing up there. But I have found this not to be the case at all.
Secrets don't stay secrets very long, even when journalists decide to censor themselves.
The idea that women journalists bring a different taste in stories or sensibility isn't true. Women
The Obama administration has had seven criminal leak investigations. That is more than twice the number of any previous administration in our history. It's on a scale never seen before. History
The printed newspaper is a powerful showcase for news, opinion and advertising.
The times I didn't get jobs I wanted, I remember feeling dispirited - really crestfallen.
The whole issue of how women's management styles are viewed is an incredibly interesting subject. Women
There's a way to do networking that isn't overly brown-nosing.
With the fragmentation of television audiences and the advent of cable and on-demand services, the prestige of being an anchor is not what it was in the days of Walter Cronkite.
You can verify that in news meetings I sometimes say, 'This is skewed too far to the left,' or 'The mix of stories seems overweeningly appealing to a reader with a certain set of sensibilities, and it shouldn't.'
You know, a dog can snap you out of any kind of bad mood that you're in faster than you can think of.