Tuesday, June 03, 2008
I have very mixed feelings in sharing the news that Jim Newton, editorial pages editor, has decided to leave The Times to resume his work on a biography of President Eisenhower. You may recall that Jim postponed his plans for the book when he agreed to take on leadership for the editorial pages last year. We are all very grateful to Jim not only for his superb captaining of our opinion pages, but for a truly extraordinary career with The Times over the past nineteen years. Jim is clearly one of the most talented, experienced, and highly regarded journalists, editors, and authors of an entire generation. I am personally grateful to Jim for agreeing to extend his service to The Times when I asked him last year. We will miss Jim as a colleague but keep him as a friend, and wish him and Ike all the success in the world.
Jim will be staying on through July to provide a good transition to a successor we hope to name in the next couple weeks.