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Ex-New York Times Editor Abramson to Teach at Harvard University

Jill Abramson, former executive editor at the New York Times speaks during commencement ceremonies for Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on May 19, 2014. Photographer: Chris Keane/Getty Images
Jill Abramson, former executive editor at the New York Times speaks during commencement ceremonies for Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on May 19, 2014. Photographer: Chris Keane/Getty Images

June 12 (Bloomberg) -- Jill Abramson, who was ousted last month as the top editor of the New York Times, will teach nonfiction classes at Harvard University this year.

Abramson will teach narrative writing to undergraduates in both semesters of the 2014-2015 academic year, the university said in a statement today. The 1976 Harvard graduate has a tattoo of the school’s logo.

Abramson, the first woman to run the Times as executive editor in its 162-year history, was abruptly dismissed on May 14 following a fraught relationship with Chairman Arthur Sulzberger. The firing set off a debate about whether gender played a role in Abramson’s ouster, an assertion Sulzberger denied, saying he replaced her after deciding “she had lost the support of her masthead colleagues and could not win it back.”

“I’m honored and excited to be teaching at Harvard in the coming academic year,” Abramson, 60, said today in Harvard’s statement. “Narrative nonfiction journalism is more important than ever. Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.”

Abramson had been at the Times as a reporter and editor since 1997. Before that, she had worked at the Wall Street Journal, Legal Times, American Lawyer, NBC News and Time magazine.

To contact the reporters on this story: Edmund Lee in New York at elee310@bloomberg.net; John Lauerman in Boston at jlauerman@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Sarah Rabil at srabil@bloomberg.net Crayton Harrison, Bruce Rule

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