Jill Abramson is finally speaking out about her questionable departure from the New York Times.
The former executive editor was fired back in May and on Thursday, July 17 she will sit down with Yahoo News’ Katie Couric to discuss her career at the storied publication, in addition to her well publicized exit. She’ll also touch upon a changing media landscape and more general challenges facing women in the workplace.
It’s Abramson’s first interview since her divisive departure, according to Yahoo News.
As TheWrap previously reported, numerous journalists, celebrities and similarly maligned women felt Abramson’s release had as much to do with her gender as anything else. Many argued her firing was a sexist move by the publication — she was their first ever female executive editor — and that her reasons for being let go had to do with her insistence on equal pay for equal work, or because of a “narrow band of acceptable behavior” for women that’s intolerant of women showing signs of aggression in the workplace.
The New York Times has denied those claims.
This may be Abramson’s first full-fledged interview since being fired, but she did briefly address the incident when speaking to Wake Forest Graduates in May.
“Sure, losing a job you love hurts,” she said. “But the work I revere — journalism that holds powerful institutions and people accountable — are what makes our democracy so resilient. This is the work I’ll very much remain a part of.”
As TheWrap previously reported, Abramson will join the Harvard faculty to become a lecturer of narrative nonfiction in the fall.