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Bill Keller Leaves New York Times for Journalism Nonprofit

NEW YORK - MARCH 12: New York Times executive editor Bill Keller poses for a photo at the NLGJA’s 13th Annual New York benefit at the Times Center on March 12, 2008 in New York City. (Photo by Scott Gries/Getty Images) Photo: Scott Gries/2008 Getty Images

Former New York Times executive editor Bill Keller announced on Sunday night that he’s leaving the paper to become editor-in-chief of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit journalism venture that will focus on the American criminal-justice system. He’s worked as a columnist at the paper since giving up the top position in 2011. Several journalists have left major publications to found their own sites recently, but Keller rejected comparisons to Ezra Klein and Nate Silver. Keller worked at the Times for three decades and won a Pulitzer in 1988, so don’t you dare call him a wunderkind.

Keller Leaves NYT for Journalism Nonprofit