Newly named New York Times editor Joseph F. Kahn announced his leadership team on Wednesday in a memo urging his colleagues “to produce the most ambitious, consequential, and creative work of our careers.”
Two veteran Times reporters, Marc Lacey and Carolyn Ryan, are to serve as editors, the No. 2 newsroom role, from June 14.
“The two will share with me responsibility for overseeing the extent of our coverage and news operations,” Mr. Kahn wrote in the memo, as well as “advancing key priorities like independence and trust, digital excellence and cultural transformation”.
Mr. Lacey, 56, is an associate editor who previously oversaw national coverage for The Times; before that, he was a Times correspondent in Mexico City; Nairobi, Kenya; Phoenix; and Washington.
Ms Ryan, 57, is an associate editor who recently led recruitment for The Times, overseeing the hiring of more than 400 reporters, and she helped lead its diversity, equity and diversity efforts. inclusion. Prior to that, she was the paper’s political editor, Washington bureau chief, and metropolitan editor.
Ms Ryan will be the first openly gay journalist to become editor of The Times. Mr. Lacey is the third black journalist to hold this post, after Gerald Boyd and Dean Baquet, the current editor.
Mr. Kahn also announced four associate editors.
Rebecca Blumenstein, currently Associate Editor in the Publisher’s Office and Associate Editor, will lead recruitment and operations. Sam Dolnick, currently associate editor, will continue to lead the Times’ expansion into audio, video, email newsletters and TV documentaries.
Steve Duenes and Clifford Levy will remain associate editors. Mr. Duenes will oversee visual and multimedia journalism for The Times. Mr. Levy will focus on ethical standards and journalistic independence, as well as training editors across the newsroom.
Matthew Purdy, currently deputy editor and a force behind many of the Times’ major investigative projects, will take on a senior, yet undefined role, Kahn wrote.
In a joint interview, Mr Lacey and Ms Ryan said they intended to reinvent the role of an editor – once preoccupied with tasks such as selecting stories for the front page of print – into account given the Times’ growing digital footprint.
“It’s such a big, sprawling place,” Mr Lacey said. “We produce over 150 pieces of journalism every day in all sorts of forms, and we want them all to be great.”
Ms. Ryan added: “We are fundamentally and fundamentally driven by rigorous and original reporting, reporting from the field. It must be at the heart of everything we do. »
Born in Flushing, Queens, Mr. Lacey grew up on the island of Jamaica and in Buffalo. At Cornell, he majored in biology and edited The Cornell Daily Sun around the same time Mr. Kahn was running The Harvard Crimson. He worked at the Buffalo News and the Los Angeles Times before joining the Times in 1999.
Ms. Ryan grew up outside of Boston and attended Bates College in Maine, where she studied English literature. His first journalism job was at the Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Mass.; she later served as editor of the Metro and associate editor of the Boston Globe, before joining The Times in 2007.
Mr. Lacey and Ms. Ryan collaborated in 2019 when The Times and CNN sponsored a Democratic presidential primary debate in Ohio. Mr. Lacey was one of the moderators and Ms. Ryan, a politics junkie, worked alongside him during several weeks of planning sessions.
“We happen to get along very well,” Mr Lacey said, although he added, to Ms Ryan’s laugh, that the two were fierce adversaries at the table tennis table.