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Former Executive Editor, The New York Times; Senior Lecturer, Harvard University

Fritz Stern Lecturer - Class of Spring 2017

Jill Abramson is a journalist who spent the last 17 years in the most senior editorial positions at the New York Times, where she was the first woman to serve as Washington bureau chief, managing editor, and executive editor of the newspaper.  Before joining the Times, she was deputy Washington bureau chief and an investigative reporter covering money and politics at the Wall Street Journal. She has been a journalist since she graduated from Harvard University, in 1976.


Abramson is the author of three books, including Strange Justice, which she wrote with Jane Mayer. Before joining Harvard’s English Department, in 2014, as a senior lecturer teaching nonfiction narrative writing, she taught undergraduate writing seminars at Yale and Princeton. She writes a bi-weekly political column for The Guardian.


Abramson is a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences and the American Philosophical Society.

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