Abramson: I'm Keeping My Times Tattoo

Ousted editor speaks at Wake Forest commencement
By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff
Posted May 19, 2014 10:38 AM CDT
Abramson: I'm Keeping My Times Tattoo
Jill Abramson, former executive editor of the New York Times, listens as she is introduced at the commencement ceremony at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, Monday, May 19, 2014.   (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)

(Newser) – Now that she's out at the New York Times, will Jill Abramson remove the tattooed logo of its "T" from her back? "Not a chance," she told students during a Wake Forest University commencement speech, which, Politico notes, was her first public appearance since her firing. "It was the honor of my life to lead the newsroom," she said. While she didn't offer details of her departure, she did use it as a model for graduate inspiration. "What’s next for me? I don’t know,” she said. "So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. And like you, I’m a little scared but also a little excited."

As to that future, Abramson said she'd remain "very much a part of" journalism, Newsday reports. She also offered some advice from her father: "You know the sting of losing or not getting something you badly want. When that happens, show what you are made of." (Read more Jill Abramson stories.)

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