In her first public appearance since her dismissal from The New York Times, former executive editor Jill Abramson tells Wake Forest University graduates that leading the newsroom was the honor of her life.
But Abramson said in the Monday morning address that she didn't want the "media circus" following her to take attention away from the Class of 2014. She says that like the graduates, she doesn't know what's next for her, and that she, too, is scared and excited.
The Times announced last week that Abramson was being replaced by managing editor Dean Baquet.
Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. denies reports that Abramson's dismissal had to do with complaints over unequal pay or the company's treatment of women. He cites Abramson's newsroom management style.
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