Joseph F. Kahn will succeed Dean Baquet as executive editor of The New York Times, the top editorial post, the paper reported Tuesday.
Kahn, who is currently the second highest ranked editor at The Times, will take over this summer, after Baquet’s eight-year tenure at the top of the headlines ends, according to The Times.
“For many, especially those who have worked alongside Joe – an outstanding journalist and a courageous and principled leader – this announcement should come as no surprise,” said AG Sulzberger, published by The Times, wrote in a memo to employees, according to the newspaper’s announcement.
“Joe brings impeccable news judgment, a sophisticated understanding of the forces that shape the world, and a track record of helping journalists create their most ambitious and courageous work yet.” , Sulzberger added.
Kahn, a two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, would go on to become one of the most powerful and influential figures in American media. Previously, he was a China correspondent and head of the international department of The Times.
In recent years, Kahn is credited with helping lead The Times’s transition to the digital age, overseeing “the newspaper’s effort to redesign its newsroom to accommodate the speed and agility it requires. modern media,” reported The Times.
Baquet’s rise to the top editor-in-chief was largely determined by the political rise of former President Donald Trump as well as the first three years of the Covid pandemic.