New York Times Names Marc Lacey and Carolyn Ryan as Managing Editors

Joseph F. Kahn, newly appointed as the next executive editor of The New York Times, announced his leadership team Wednesday in a memo that urged his colleagues to “produce the most ambitious, consequential and creative work of our careers.” .

Two veteran Times journalists, Marc Lacey and Carolyn Ryan, are expected to serve as managing editors, the newsroom’s second role, effective June 14.

“Both will share with me responsibility for overseeing the breadth of our news coverage and operation,” Kahn wrote in the memo, as well as “advancing major priorities such as independence and trust, digital excellence, and cultural transformation.”

Mr. Lacey, 56, is an assistant editor-in-chief who previously oversaw the Times’ national coverage; before that, he was a correspondent for the Times in Mexico City; Nairobi, Kenya; Phoenix; and Washington.

Mrs. Ryan, 57, is an assistant managing editor who most recently led recruitment for The Times, overseeing the hiring of more than 400 journalists, and helped lead its diversity, equity and inclusion efforts. Prior to that, she was the newspaper’s political editor, Washington bureau chief and metropolitan editor.

Mrs. Ryan will be the first openly gay journalist to serve as managing editor of The Times. Lacey is the third black journalist to play the role, after Gerald Boyd and Dean Baquet, the current executive editor.

Mr. Kahn also announced four deputy managing editors.

Rebecca Blumenstein, currently an associate editor in the publisher’s office and deputy managing editor, will lead recruitment and operations. Sam Dolnick, currently assistant editor-in-chief, will continue to lead The Times’ expansion into audio, video, email newsletters and television documentaries.

Steve Duenes and Clifford Levy will remain as deputy managing editors. Mr. Duenes will oversee The Times’ visual and multimedia journalism. Mr. Levy will focus on ethical standards and journalistic independence, as well as training editors across the newsroom.

Matthew Purdy, currently deputy editor-in-chief and a force behind many of The Times’ major investigative projects, will take on a senior, as-yet-undefined role, Kahn wrote.

In a joint interview, Lacey and Ryan said they intended to reimagine the role of an editor-in-chief — once preoccupied with tasks like selecting stories for the front page of print — given the Times’ growing digital presence.

“It’s such a big, sprawling place,” Lacey said. “We produce over 150 pieces of journalism every day in all kinds of forms, and we want them all to be excellent.”

Mrs. Ryan added: “We are essentially and fundamentally driven by rigorous and original reporting, local reporting. That has to be at the heart of everything we do.”

Born in Flushing, Queens, Mr. Lacey grew up on the island of Jamaica and in Buffalo. At Cornell, he majored in biology and edited The Cornell Daily Sun around the same time that Kahn led the Harvard Crimson. He worked at The Buffalo News and the Los Angeles Times before joining The Times in 1999.

Mrs. Ryan grew up outside of Boston and attended Bates College in Maine, where he studied English literature. His first journalism job was at The Patriot Ledger in Quincy, Massachusetts; she was later metropolitan editor and deputy editor-in-chief of The Boston Globe, before joining The Times in 2007.

Lacey and Ryan collaborated in 2019, when The Times and CNN sponsored a Democratic presidential primary debate in Ohio. Mr. Lacey served as one of the moderators, and Ms. Ryan, a political junkie, worked alongside him through several weeks of planning sessions.

“We get along great,” Lacey said, though she added, to Ryan’s chuckle, that the two were fierce opponents at the ping pong table.

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