Dean Baquet

Dean P. Baquet (/bæˈkeɪ/;[1] born September 21, 1956)[2] is an American journalist. He has been the executive editor of The New York Times since May 14, 2014. Between 2011 and 2014 Baquet was managing editor under the previous executive editor Jill Abramson. He is the first black American to serve as executive editor.[3]

In 1988, Baquet won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism, leading a team of reporters that included William Gaines and Ann Marie Lipinski at the Chicago Tribune which exposed corruption on the Chicago City Council.

Dean Baquet
Baquet at the 2018 Pulitzer Prizes
BornSeptember 21, 1956 (age 62)
OccupationExecutive editor, The New York Times
Notable credit(s)
The New York Times, Los Angeles Times
Dylan Landis (m. 1986)

Early life and education

Baquet was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 21, 1956.[2] He is the son of well-known New Orleans restaurateur Edward Baquet and a member of a prominent New Orleans Creole family.[4][5]

Baquet graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1974.[6] Baquet studied English at Columbia University from 1974 to 1978; he dropped out to pursue a career in journalism.[7]


Baquet was a reporter for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1984, he joined the Chicago Tribune, where he won the Pulitzer, before joining The New York Times in April 1990 as a Metropolitan Desk Reporter. In May 1992, he became the special projects editor for the Business Desk. In January 1994, he held the same title; however, he operated out of the executive editor's office. In 2000, he joined the Los Angeles Times as managing editor, and in 2005 became the editor for the newspaper.[8] Baquet was fired in 2006 after he publicly opposed plans to cut newsroom jobs.[9]

In 2007, Baquet rejoined The New York Times, where he held positions as the Washington Bureau Chief, national editor, assistant managing editor, and the managing editor.[10] He was appointed to the Managing Editor position in September 2011,[11] serving under executive editor Jill Abramson,[12] and promoted to executive editor on May 14, 2014.[13][14]

In 2017, Baquet defended the decision to publish confidential photos from the 2017 Manchester Arena bombing investigation shared by UK intelligence and law enforcement with their US counterparts. In response, the UK restricted intelligence sharing with the US.[15]

Baquet joined the Board of Directors of the Committee to Protect Journalists in 2003.[16]

Notable stories

Baquet was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting in 1988, in recognition of a six-month investigation that he conducted alongside Chicago Tribune reporters William C. Gaines and Ann Marie Lipinski documenting corruption and influence-peddling in the Chicago City Council in a seven-part series. Baquet was also a finalist for the 1994 Pulitzer Prize.[17]

As managing editor at the Los Angeles Times, Baquet was involved in the newspaper's decision to publish, a few days before the 2003 California recall election, an article raising concerns about containing "a half-dozen credible allegations by women in the movie industry" that Arnold Schwarzenegger, a front-runner in the election, had sexually harassed them.[18] The newspaper debated whether to withhold publication until after the election, ultimately deciding not to do so.[18][19]

In 2006, Brian Ross and Vic Walter of ABC News reported that Baquet and Los Angeles Times managing editor Douglas Frantz had made the decision to kill a planned Times story about NSA warrantless surveillance of Americans, acceding to a request made to him by the Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte and Director of the NSA Michael Hayden.[20] Baquet confirmed that he had spoken with Negroponte and Hayden, but said that "government pressure played no role in my decision not to run the story" and that he and Frantz had determined that "we did not have a story, that we could not figure out what was going on" based on highly technical documents submitted by a whistleblower.[20] Baquet's decision was criticized by Glenn Greenwald, who said that Baquet had "a really disturbing history of practicing this form of journalism that is incredibly subservient to the American national security state."[21]

In January 2015, in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo shooting, Baquet called Marc Cooper, a journalism professor and blogger at the University of Southern California, "an asshole" on Facebook. Cooper had criticized the New York Times for not publishing the cartoons of Muhammad, in the context of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy.[22][23]

In the aftermath of the 2016 U.S. presidential election, Baquet explained to National Public Radio that some mainstream media outlets were too secular for their own good. "I think that the New York-based and Washington-based ... media powerhouses don't quite get religion. We have a fabulous religion writer, but she's all alone. We don't get religion. We don't get the role of religion in people's lives. And I think we can do much, much better. And I think there are things that we can be more creative about to understand the country."[24] Baquet later characterized an article in which the New York Times public editor[25] questioned whether the Times' prior coverage of President Trump's possible Russia ties had been unnecessarily and overly cautious[26] as a "bad column" that comes to a "fairly ridiculous conclusion".[27]

Personal life

In September, 1986, Baquet married writer Dylan Landis.[28] They have one son, Ari.[29]

According to Baquet's colleagues, he prefers to be known as "Creole", as opposed to African-American. His brother, Terry, has stated, "Creole in New Orleans is black. We're descendants of Haitians. We're black; Creole is not a race."[30]


See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ a b Fischer, Heinz-Dietrich; Fischer, Erika J., eds. (1989). Local Reporting 1947-1987 (Pulitzer Prize Archive Part A) (2011 ed.). De Gruyter. ISBN 978-3598301735.
  3. ^ Smith, Jessie Carney, ed. (2012). "2005". Black Firsts: 4,000 Ground-Breaking and Pioneering Historical Events (3 ed.). Visible Ink Press. ISBN 978-1578593699. The first black journalist to lead a top newspaper in the United States was Dean P. Baquet...
  4. ^ Jervey Tervalon, The Creole Connection: Dean Baquet, LA Weekly, April 19, 2006. Accessed May 18, 2014.
  5. ^ "The Creole Kings", The Times Picayune, July 20, 2004, via Accessed May 18, 2014.
  6. ^ Massa, Dominic (May 14, 2014). "N.O. native Dean Baquet named New York Times executive editor". WWL-TV. New Orleans. Archived from the original on May 17, 2014.
  7. ^ Sarah Peterson (October 2013). "New York Times Editor Dean Baquet Speaks at Foster-Foreman Conference". Onward State.
  8. ^ Smolkin, Rachel. "Nothing But Fans", American Journalism Review, August/September 2005.
  9. ^ Katharine Q. Seelye, "Los Angeles Paper Ousts Top Editor", The New York Times, November 8, 2006.
  10. ^ Strupp, Joe. "Baquet Joins New York Times as D.C. Bureau Chief", Editor and Publisher, January 30, 2007. Retrieved February 16, 2007.
  11. ^ "New Orleanian named editor of N.Y. Times". The New Orleans Advocate. May 17, 2014.
  12. ^ Peters, Jeremy (June 2, 2011). "Abramson to Replace Keller as The Times's executive editor". The New York Times.
  13. ^ "Times Topics: Dean Baquet". The New York Times.
  14. ^ "Dean Baquet Named executive editor of The New York Times" (Press release). The New York Times Company. May 14, 2014.
  15. ^ Worley, Will (May 27, 2017). "New York Times chief defends decision to publish photos from Manchester bombing scene".
  16. ^ CPJ Appoints Three New Board Members, Committee to Protect Journalists (November 10, 2003).
  17. ^ Elizabeth A. Brennan & Elizabeth C. Clarage, Who's Who of Pulitzer Prize Winners (Oryx Press: 1999), pp. 358-59.
  18. ^ a b Michael Schudson, "The Multiple Political Roles of American Journalism" in Media Nation: The Political History of News in Modern America (eds. Bruce J. Schulman & Julian E. Zelizer) (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2017), pp. 196-97.
  19. ^ Gary Cohn, Carla Hall & Robert W. Welkos, Women Say Schwarzenegger Groped, Humiliated Them, Los Angeles Times (October 2, 2003).
  20. ^ a b Brian Ross and Vic Walter, "Whistle-blower Had to Fight NSA, LA Times to Tell Story", ABC News, March 8, 2007.
  21. ^ "Glenn Greenwald On Dean Baquet: A 'Disturbing History' Of Journalism 'Subservient' To National Security State". The Huffington Post. May 16, 2014.
  22. ^ Dylan Byers (January 9, 2015). "Dean Baquet calls N.Y. Times critic 'a--hole'". Politico Magazine.
  23. ^ Nicky Woolf (January 9, 2015). "New York Times editor in fiery Facebook attack on critic of Charlie Hebdo stance". The Guardian.
  24. ^ Douglas Ernst (December 9, 2016). "NYT executive editor: 'We don't get the role of religion in people's lives'".
  25. ^ Spayd, Liz (2017-01-21). "Trump, Russia, and the News Story that Wasn't". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-01-21.
  26. ^ Borchers, Callum (2017-01-22). "New York Times public editor says paper might have been 'too timid' on Trump and Russia". Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-01-22.
  27. ^ Wemple, Erik (2017-01-21), "NYT's Dean Baquet rips 'fairly ridiculous conclusion' in public editor's column on Russia coverage", Washington Post
  28. ^ "Dean Paul Baquet Marries Miss Landis in Larchmont". New York Times. 7 September 1986.
  29. ^ "The New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet named speaker for Columbia College Class Day 2016". Columbia College. 23 March 2016.
  30. ^ Roderick, Kevin, ed. (July 25, 2005). "Giving Baquet Advice". LA Observed. Retrieved September 25, 2015.
  31. ^ McCalmont, Lucy (May 15, 2014). "10 Facts About Dean Baquet". Politico. Retrieved April 12, 2018.

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