Maplewood’s Rebecca Blumenstein Named NYT Deputy Managing Editor

by Mary Mann
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Maplewood resident and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Rebecca Blumenstein has been named Deputy Managing Editor of The New York Times, it was reported on Feb. 6.

Blumenstein previously worked for 22 years at the Wall Street Journal, most recently as  Deputy Editor in Chief.

In a memo to staff announcing Blumenstein’s hire, New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet and Times managing editor Joseph Kahn wrote that Blumenstein will “bring deep expertise in business, technology and international affairs to the leadership of our newsroom, helping us stay ahead of the competition on the biggest stories of our time” and would help in “pushing our digital transition, helping us improve print, modernizing our editing system, and increasing our appeal to audiences in the United States and abroad. In short, she’ll help all do all the big things we intend to do in 2017 and beyond.”

Blumenstein is part of a Maplewood creative class power couple: Husband Alan Paul published the book Big in China in 2011, chronicling his life as “trailing spouse” when Blumenstein was named the Wall Street Journal’s Beijing Bureau Chief (where, by the way, Blumenstein and her team won a Pulitzer for their reporting). Paul is also the author of One Way Out: The Inside History of the Allman Brothers Band and performs with his band  Big in China play regularly at SuzyQue’s in West Orange.

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