Abramson Named as NYT's First Female Editor Bill Keller resigns, will write full time By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Jun 2, 2011 10:17 AM CDT 1 comment Comments NY Times managing editor Jill Abramson participates in 'JFK & The Assassination: 40 Year Later' presented by TimesTalks at the Hunter College Kaye Playhouse October 29, 2003 in New York City. (Getty Images) (Newser) – Jill Abramson will become the New York Times' first female executive editor in 160 years, succeeding Bill Keller, who is leaving the post to write full-time for the paper. Abramson, a former investigative reporter and Washington bureau chief, has served as managing editor since 2003. Born and raised in New York, Abramson says the Times "substituted for religion" growing up, and the promotion is like "ascending to Valhalla." Washington bureau chief Dean Baquet will replace Abramson as managing editor; both appointments take effect Sept. 6. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. says Keller's decision to leave was entirely his own, and that Sulzberger accepted his resignation "with mixed emotions." Keller will start writing a column on Sundays later this month. Get to know Abramson here and here with two amusing stories about her.