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Jill Abramson

October 19, Copley Square
Jill Abramson was the first female executive editor of the New York Times. Previously working for the Wall Street Journal as an investigative reporter and deputy bureau chief, Abramson is the author of five books: Where They Are Now, a look at the seventy women of the Harvard 1974 graduating class; Strange Justice, a collaboration with Jane Mayer about the nomination of Clarence Thomas to the Supreme Court; Obama: The Historic Journey, a collaboration with Bill Keller about the historic journey of President Barack Obama to the White House; The Puppy Diaries, a memoir on the first year of Abramson’s golden retriever’s life; and Merchants of Truth, Abramson’s latest release about changes in news media technology and journalistic standards, which author Gay Talese acclaimed as “deeply researched, wonderfully written, and filled with fascinating portraits.” In 2016, Abramson was hired as a political columnist for Guardian US and is now a senior lecturer at Harvard University.