The New York Times
named Bill Keller executive editor Monday, as the newspaper moves to regain its footing following last month's sudden departure of its previous editorial leadership.
Keller was managing editor of the
from 1987 to 2001 and more recently served as an op-ed columnist. He replaces Joseph Lelyveld, who became interim executive editor in June after Howell Raines and managing editor Gerald Boyd quit. Raines and Boyd resigned after a spring sodden with journalistic scandal undermined their authority in the newsroom.
, the flagship property of
New York Times
, said that in coming weeks Keller would "evaluate the organization of the newsroom's top management and name additional members of the team that will lead The Times."
"I'm honored and exhilarated by the opportunity to lead the finest assembly of journalists in the world," Keller said. "This news organization is a national treasure. I will do everything in my power to uphold its high standards, preserve its integrity and build on its achievements."
Keller was passed over for the top job two years ago in favor of Raines, who went on to preside over the newspaper's award-winning coverage of the Sept. 11 terror attacks. But his tenure was undone by a scandal that began when a reporter, Jayson Blair, was discovered to have fabricated stories and escalated when another writer, Rick Bragg, failed to credit a freelancer for help with a story.