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Ex-Times Editor Jill Abramson To Teach At Harvard

BOSTON — Recently ousted New York Times editor Jill Abramson will join Harvard University next academic year to teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction.

Jill Abramson in 2010. (Evan Agostini/AP)

Jill Abramson in 2010. (Evan Agostini/AP)

“Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever,” Abramson said in a statement. “Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.”

The first woman to hold the executive editor post at the Times, Abramson was unexpectedly fired in May by publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr., who said her departure was related to an “issue with management in the newsroom.”

Abramson had worked at the Times since 1997 as an investigative reporter, Washington bureau chief and managing editor. During her two-and-a-half-year run as executive editor, the Times won eight Pulitzer Prizes.

Before the Times, Abramson had stints at the Wall Street Journal, Legal Times, American Lawyer, NBC News and Time Magazine.

Abramson is a 1976 Harvard graduate and has previously taught at Yale and Princeton.

“Harvard is delighted to welcome Jill Abramson to the English Department, where her students in the Writing Program will profit enormously from her insights, experience and brilliance,” Harvard Dean of Arts and Humanities Diana Sorensen said in a statement.

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