Former New York Times Editor Jill Abramson to Teach at Harvard

She'll school undergrads in the art of narrative nonfiction.

By | Boston Daily |
Jill Abramson

Jill Abramson at Wake Forest University’s commencement in May. / Photo via AP

“Ms. Abramson, a 1976 Harvard College graduate, has a tattoo featuring the school’s H logo, as well as a tattoo of the T from The New York Times’s masthead.”

This fun fact is brought to you by the New York Times in its report that Jill Abramson, the recently ousted executive editor of the newspaper, will teach at Harvard this fall.

The university announced Thursday that Abramson—who was let go from the Times in May by publisher Arthur O. Sulzberger Jr.—will instruct a series of narrative nonfiction courses for undergraduates.

“I’m honored and excited to be teaching at Harvard in the coming academic year,” Abramson says in the release. “Narrative non-fiction journalism is more important than ever. Its traditions and how it is changing in the digital transition are fascinating areas of study.”

Abramson herself graduated from Harvard College in 1976. In addition to leading the New York Times newsroom, she’s also worked at the Wall Street Journal, the Legal Times, Time magazine, and more.

“Harvard is delighted to welcome Jill Abramson to the English Department, where her students in the Writing Program will profit enormously from her insights, experience and brilliance,” says Harvard’s Dean of Arts and Humanities Diana Sorensen in the statement.

Abramson has previously taught journalism seminars at Yale and Princeton.

After her firing from the Times in May, Abramson declined her honorary degree from Brandeis “given the circumstances [that] week in her life.” She did, however, still speak at Wake Forest’s commencement. She had said at the time, “What’s next for me? I don’t know. So I’m in exactly the same boat as many of you. Like you, I’m a little scared, but also excited.”

Lesson 1, freshmen: When you consider getting your own tattoo, think about your soon-to-be prof Jill Abramson, who bears one tattoo of a place that fired her, and another of the school she’ll soon teach at.

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