Speakers & Honorary Degrees

Dean P. Baquet

Dean P. Baquet has been the executive editor of The New York Times since May 14, 2014. Between 2011 and 2014, Baquet was managing editor under the previous executive editor Jill Abramson. He is the first black American to serve as executive editor.

In 1988, Baquet won the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Journalism, leading a team of reporters at the Chicago Tribune.

Baquet was born in New Orleans, Louisiana, on September 21, 1956. He is the son of well-known New Orleans restaurateur Edward Baquet and a member of a prominent New Orleans Creole family. Baquet graduated from St. Augustine High School in 1974 and studied English at Columbia University from 1974 to 1978; he dropped out to pursue a career in journalism.

He was a reporter for The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, Louisiana. In 1984, he joined the Chicago Tribune, where he won the Pulitzer Prize, before joining The New York Times in April 1990 as a metropolitan desk reporter. In May 1992, he became the special projects editor for the business desk. In January 1994, he held the same title, but he operated out of the executive editor's office. In 2000, he joined the Los Angeles Times as managing editor, and in 2005 became the editor for the newspaper.

In 2007, Baquet rejoined The New York Times, where he held positions as the Washington bureau chief, national editor, assistant managing editor, and the managing editor. He was appointed to the managing editor position in September 2011, serving under executive editor Jill Abramson, and promoted to executive editor on May 14, 2014