Jill Abramson on her New York Times legacy: "I poured my energies into putting out a hell of a paper, and a hell of a website"

Jill Abramson discusses why she was fired fromt he New York Times, and hints at what's next in her future

By Sarah Gray

Published September 5, 2014 3:41PM (EDT)

Jill Abramson              (AP/Evan Agostini)
Jill Abramson (AP/Evan Agostini)

On Thursday, Jill Abramson, ousted executive editor of the New York Times, sat down with Re/Code's Kara Swisher as part of the Code/Media series. The two discussed journalism, her legacy at the New York Times and Abramson's future plans.

But first Swisher asked what many have been wondering since Abramas' abrupt ouster from the top spot at the New York Times. "Why were you fired from the New York Times?" Swisher inquired.

"You tell me!" Abramson quipped.

Abramson who was managing editor for 11 years and executive editor for just shy of three says she has few regrets. "I poured my energies into putting out a hell of a paper, and a hell of a website," Abramson later stated. "And I feel that record will stand the test of time."

Abramson has no plans to retire from the newsroom. "I’m a hell of reporter and journalist," she stated, rousing a cheer from the audience. As far as where she'll land next, Abramson told Swisher to "stay tuned." Watch below:

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Sarah Gray is an assistant editor at Salon, focusing on innovation. Follow @sarahhhgray or email sgray@salon.com.

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