TIME FOR A RESHUFFLE: New York Times executive editor Jill Abramson quietly removed two editors from the masthead on Tuesday as she continued to make moves throughout the paper. Former New York Times Magazine editor Gerry Marzorati and former metro editor Susan Edgerley lost their title of assistant managing editor and have been given new tasks.
Marzorati was appointed to the masthead in 2006, back when he oversaw all the Times magazines, including T. That empire then subsequently retracted and Marzorati left his Sunday Magazine editorship last October amid some turmoil at the weekly. Nevertheless, he retained a masthead position for the last year after he was given the job of creating business initiatives for the paper.
His new title is editor at large, and his chief responsibility will be to work with the newsroom to help dream up news-analysis stories for the Sunday Review section (the section is officially run out of the paper’s editorial department). He will also continue to pursue digital initiatives. Times sources said that it was seen as a foregone conclusion for the last week that he would be removed from the masthead.
Edgerley, who was named an assistant managing editor in 2006, has a new job in aiding Abramson in administrative tasks.
“She will work with me to organize parts of my day so that I can live up to my promise to get around the newsroom more, help me schedule frequent drop-ins at department meetings and brown bags,” said Abramson, in part, in a memo on Edgerley’s new job.
Susan Chira and Rick Berke have officially taken Marzorati and Edgerley’s slots as assistant managing editors on the masthead. There are six assistant managing editors in total.
And as WWD reported first last week, restaurant critic Sam Sifton was formally named the paper’s new national editor on Tuesday. Sifton succeeds Berke and leaves the restaurant critic job after just two years. (His predecessors held on much longer: Frank Bruni served for five years; Biff Grimes for five years; Ruth Reichl for six years; Bryan Miller for nine years.)
The move gets Sifton, the former Times culture editor, back into the newsroom and Page One meetings. As one Times insider put it to WWD last week: “He has much greater career ambitions than to be restaurant critic.”
Abramson has made two surprising moves with Sifton’s appointment and David Leonhardt’s appointment to Washington, which leads to this: Will she stun everyone again and make an unexpected pick for restaurant critic? Times sources said dining editor and writer Pete Wells is the early favorite. Brett Anderson of the Times-Picayune was also a finalist for the job two years ago.