New York Times Editor Dean Baquet Treated for Cancerous Tumor

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FILE -- Dean Baquet, currently the Washington bureau chief for The New York Times, in Washington in 2007.  The New York Times announced Thursday, June 2, 2011, that Jill Abramson, a managing editor, will succeed Executive Editor Bill Keller, who is stepping down to become a full-time writer. Baquet was named a managing editor. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)
Photo: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Just a few weeks into his new job atop the New York Times masthead, following the sudden dismissal of Jill Abramson, Times executive editor Dean Baquet underwent surgery to remove a malignant tumor from his kidney. In a note to staff, the Times reports this morning, Baquet said the procedure was a “minimally invasive, completely successful surgery … my doctors have given me an excellent prognosis.” He’ll miss about a week of work.

The 57-year-old Baquet has not yet named a managing editor to the No. 2 role after being promoted in a dramatic (some would say messy) fashion last month. “I know this comes as we are all trying to move forward in the newsroom,” Baquet wrote, promising to keep “in touch” with the newsroom. “I assure you that I will be back there as soon as possible.”