Jill Abramson, the first woman to run The New York Times, has been removed from her position effective immediately, but her shocking firing has made room for an African-American to edit the paper for the first time.
Dean Baquet will take over immediately as the executive editor, a sudden change that’s reportedly due to a previous clash in leadership styles. “We had an issue with management in the newsroom,” Sulzberger said, according to Times reporter Ravi Somaiya, who was one of several Times staffers posting updates on Twitter.
CNN’s Brian Stelter Tweeted the announcement which came from publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. “I choose to appoint a new leader for our newsroom because I believe that new leadership will improve some aspects of the management of the newsroom,” Sulzberger reportedly said. Stelter noted, “he won’t elaborate further,” except to say, “there is nothing more at issue here.”
Baquet, a former Los Angeles Times editor, is looking forward to leading the historical newspaper in a new direction. “It is an honor to be asked to lead the only newsroom in the country that is actually better than it was a generation ago,” he said in a statement.
“There is no journalist in our newsroom or elsewhere better qualified to take on the responsibilities of executive editor at this time than Dean Baquet,” Sulzberger said. “He is an exceptional reporter and editor with impeccable news judgment who enjoys the confidence and support of his colleagues around the world and across the organization.”
Abramson was the newspaper’s first female editor who joined the Times in 1997. As a former investigative reporter, she was appointed as executive editor in 2011. There is currently no word on what she will be doing next, but this announcement is major news.
1. Black Olympians
The 2014 Winter Olympics are underway in Sochi, Russia and for the first time in 90 years, Black athletes are at the forefront of the icy competition. Athletes like: Shani Davis and Lolo Jones are medal contenders in games like ice-skating and bobsledding that until now, have been mostly devoid of African-Americans. But before we long jump ahead, let's take a look back at Black Olympians who've paved the way.
2. Tai Babilonia (Figure Skating)
Tai Babilonia, with partner Randy Gardner, became the first Winter Olympian of African heritage in 1976 when she set blade on the frigid ice inside the ice skating rink. She is the 1979 World champion and a five-time (1976–1980) U.S. national champion. Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner qualified for the 1976 and 1980 Winter Olympics. Babilonia opened the gates for future skaters like Debi Thomas.
3. William "Willie" Davenport (Bobsledding)
William "Willie" Davenport became the first African-American to compete in the Summer and Winter Olympic games as a runner for the American bobsled team. He and field athlete Jeff Gadley were accepted to the U.S. bobsledding team for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, New York. Because of the boycott of the 1980 games, he became the only U.S. track and field athlete to participate in the games.
4. Debi Thomas (Ice Skating)
Debi Thomas became the first Black Winter Olympian to win a medal, capturing the bronze in 1988 for U.S. skating. Thomas was known for her daring moves on the rink and was one of the only women to perfect a triple toe-triple toe combination which was rare for a female skaters in the 80s. Thomas was inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame in 2000.
5. Surya Bonaly (Figure Skating)
When it comes to figure skating, there are few skaters who are as impressive as Surya Bonaly. She is the only female to attempt a quadruple toe loop jump and her ability to back flip and land on one blade. She placed 5th in the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville and 4th at the 1994 games in Lillehammer and 10th at Nagano in 1998.
6. Vonetta Flowers (Bobsledding)
Vonetta Flowers turned to bobsledding after several failed attempts to make the Summer Olympics. With a nack for speed, she was chosen as the team's breakwoman. She became the first black athlete to win a Winter Olympics gold medal in the in the two-woman event at the 2002 Winter Olympics. She later retired from competition after the 2006 Winter Olympics.
7. Jarome Iginla (Hockey)
Jarome Iginla led the Canadian hockey team to victory at the 2002 Winter Olympics for the first time in 50 years, where he became the first Black man to win a gold medal.
8. Shani Davis (Speedskating)
Competitors in the Speedskating category at the 2014 Winter Olympic should be very afraid! Shani Davis seems unstoppable. After becoming the first Black athlete (from any nation) to win a gold medal in an individual sport at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games (and capturing the silver medal in the 1500 meter event), he defended his title at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, making him to first man to do so!
9. The Women’s US Olympic Bobsled Team
Two Black women will sit in the front of the bobsled sleigh for the first time in the history of the Winter Olympics. Track stars Lolo Jones, Lauryn Williams, Aja Evans, Jazmine Fenlator and veteran bobsledder Elana Meyers make up the 2014 US Women's Bobsled team.