story by Jeremy W. Peters at nytimes.com.
As managing editor since 2003, Ms. Abramson has been one of Mr. Keller’s two top deputies overseeing the entire newsroom. Her appointment was announced on Thursday by Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the paper’s publisher and the chairman of The New York Times Company.
Ms. Abramson, 57, said that as a born-and-raised New Yorker, she considered being named editor of The Times to be like "ascending to Valhalla."
"In my house growing up, The Times substituted for religion,” she said. “If The Times said it, it was the absolute truth."
The move was accompanied by another prominent management shift at The Times. Dean Baquet, the Washington bureau chief, will become the managing editor for news, marking the first time in eight years that two of the paper’s top newsroom positions have turned over. He was previously the editor of The Los Angeles Times.
The appointments are effective Sept. 6. John M. Geddes, 59, will continue in his role as managing editor for news operations.
Mr. Keller, 62, who ran the newsroom during eight years of great journalistic distinction but also declining revenue and cutbacks throughout the industry, said that with a formidable combination in place to succeed him, he felt it was a good time to step aside.