New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson at SMU May 2

SMU Dedman School of Law will host New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson on May 2.

DALLAS (SMU) — On the heels of overseeing intensive coverage of the tragic Boston Marathon bombings, New York Times Executive Editor Jill Abramson will be in Dallas May 2 to lecture on “Quality Journalism’s Role in the Hyper-Speed News Cycle.”

This year’s Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture, sponsored by SMU Dedman School of Law, will take place at 7 p.m. at the Belo Mansion & Pavilion, 2101 Ross Ave.

Tickets, $25, are available online.

This lecture was re-scheduled from April 22; previously purchased tickets will be honored at the event. For more details, contact Rebekah Bell at or 214-768-4177.

Abramson succeeded Bill Keller as executive editor of The New York Times on September 6, 2011. She is the first woman to serve in that role.

Before becoming editor she served as managing editor, a position she had held since 2003. As managing editor, Abramson was one of Keller’s two top deputies overseeing the entire newsroom. Her selection was something of a departure for The Times, an institution that historically chose executive editors who had ascended the ranks through postings in overseas bureaus and foreign or metropolitan managing desks.
Abramson came to The Times in 1997 from The Wall Street Journal, where she was a deputy bureau chief and an investigative reporter for nine years. She rose quickly at The Times, becoming Washington editor in 1999 and bureau chief in 2000.
In 2010, Abramson stepped aside temporarily from her day-to-day duties as managing editor to help run The Times’ online operations, a move she sought for a fuller, firsthand experience with the integration of the digital and print staffs.

The Louise B. Raggio Endowed Lecture Series, established by friends and family of Raggio ’52, honors and celebrates her tremendous accomplishments in advancing the legal rights of women in Texas and across the country.