NY Times Names New Assistant Editor

The NY Times has promoted Carolyn Ryan from Senior Editor for Politics to Assistant Editor of the newspaper.

She was previously Metropolitan Editor at The NY Times and also worked as Metro Editor for The Boston Globe. She is a graduate of Bates College.

Below is the memo to staff by New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and Times managing editor Joseph Kahn.

To the Staff,

We are thrilled to announce that Carolyn Ryan, who ran our powerful and innovative coverage of the presidential campaign, will be joining the masthead and the senior management team as an Assistant Editor.

Carolyn’s primary responsibility will be to recruit investigative reporters, narrative writers, beat reporters, editors and visual journalists who will help The Times remain the dominant source of journalism of all types. In essence, she will play a key role in building the newsroom of the future.

We’ve said in the past that we will be hiring dozens of journalists in the next couple of years, even as we cut the overall size of the newsroom to deal with the reality of our industry’s changing financial situation. Given the competition for great journalists and the talent we will need to maintain a powerful, diverse and innovative newsroom, each hire now takes on increasing importance.

Carolyn is the perfect editor to take on this new role. She has driven some of our most important and high-impact coverage. Besides the presidential election, Carolyn ran coverage of the New York City mayoral election and the downfall of a New York governor. She has a knack for spotting talent, and nurturing young journalists. She has run the metro desk and the Washington bureau.

As a senior leader, she will take on additional projects besides recruiting. We’ve asked her to think about ways to cover the phenomenon of fake news, for example, and there is no doubt she will play a role in different coverage going forward.

In her new job, Carolyn will report directly to us. She, along with Matt, Janet, Cliff, Rebecca Blumenstein and Steve Duenes, will be part of the team that decides how the newsroom should be reshaped and which hires get first priority. Carolyn will also work closely with the company’s Talent and Inclusion department.

Dean and Joe”