Jill Abramson is the newly appointed executive editor of the New York Times, a powerful journalist and investigative reporter both revered and feared by her colleagues and her peers. She is the first woman ever to run the Times.
She has received a publicity blitz in the last few weeks with a profile in the latest issue of The New Yorker, an interview on CBS News and the release of “Puppy Diaries: Raising a Dog Named Scout”, her new book based on a popular online column which she wrote for The Times from July 2009 to May 2010. It is her account of the first year with a beautiful but demanding golden retriever, called Scout. Abramson wrote the book after two major events in her life, the death of her dog Buddy, a West Highland Terrier and a near-fatal accident when she was run over by a lorry near
Times Square. The latter incident required months of rehabilitation. Also, although she has a high-powered career, she confesses the emptiness after the leaving home of her grown children. All goods reason to acquire a puppy.