NY Times Promotes Alison Mitchell to Assistant Editor

The NY Times has promoted Alison Mitchell to Assistant Editor at the newspaper. She will be the third woman in the past month to be named to a prominent position at the paper.

Two weeks ago, Rebecca Blumenthal joined The NY Times as Deputy Managing Editor from The Wall Street Journal and Carolyn Maloney was promoted to Assistant Editor to help oversee recruitment.

Mitchell has been with The NY Times for 25 years and will become an assistant editor on the masthead. She worked on the paper’s daily news report during the Presidential campaign.

Below is the memo to staff by New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet, Times managing editor Joseph Kahn, and Times deputy managing editor Matt Purdy:

“For the last six months, through the tumult of the closing weeks of the presidential campaign and the explosion of news since, Alison Mitchell has brought all of her vast experience, unwavering standards and endearing obsessiveness to guiding our news coverage.

This is a confluence of right person, at the right time in the right job. And now, we are giving Alison the right title: She will be an assistant editor on the masthead.

Alison, working with Matt Purdy, will have a primary focus of guiding the news report, both digitally and in print, and choosing the front page stories.

As a reporter and editor, Alison has come pretty close to having done it all. At The Times, she has covered City Hall, Congress and two presidential campaigns. She was also Moscow bureau chief for Newsday. As an editor at The Times, she has been Education editor, weekend editor and national editor.

In this extraordinary period of news, so-called news and news-bashing, guiding our report has never been more challenging. We are thrilled that Alison is taking on this crucial role.

Dean, Joe and Matt“