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A.G. Sulzberger Named to Head New York Times Opinion Section

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By    |   Tuesday, 16 May 2017 11:29 AM

The son of New York Times publisher Arthur "Pinch" Sulzberger Jr. has been tapped to take over the newspaper's opinion section from his father.

It's the second promotion for A.G. Sulzberger, 36, who last October was named The Times's deputy publisher. The additional responsibility further shores up elder Sulzberger's expected plan to have his son succeed him as publisher in the future.

"As he did in the newsroom, I expect A.G. to safeguard Times values and standards even as he presses for new voices and new forms of opinion journalism that will help us deepen relationships with our loyal readers and form relationships with new readers," the elder Sulzberger told Times staffers in a memo obtained by Adweek.

"Doing this work means asking hard questions about the old ways of doing things and taking some risks with new ways. This is a big challenge for A.G., James, and the rest of the Opinion team, and success is key to maintaining the leadership of The Times. I am very excited to see what you all do together."

The younger Sulzberger joined the Times in 2009 and worked as a reporter and editor on the metro desk, a national correspondent and head of the Kansas City bureau. He previously was employed by The Providence Journal and The Oregonian.

The Times's opinion section made news earlier this month with its hiring conservative columnist Bret Stephens, who is critical of climate-change theories. The appointment prompted some readers to cancel their subscriptions.

The Huffington Post reported the elder Sulzberger reached out to those who dropped the paper writing, "it's worth underscoring that The Times's newsroom, which functions separately from our Opinion department and is led by executive editor Dean Baquet, has sharply expanded the team of reporters and editors who cover climate change. No subject is more vital."

The New York Times Co. is publicly traded, but a special class of stock is controlled by the Sulzberger family, which gives it ultimate authority over the running of the newspaper.

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