A Head of the Times

Joe Lelyveld moves up at the nation's premier daily and brings in a surprising old hand as his deputy

Everyone at the New York Times knew that Joe Lelyveld would be the next executive editor, although most people didn't expect announcement of his elevation as soon as last week. What almost nobody knew, and everybody speculated about, was who would replace him as managing editor and heir apparent. The answer, revealed to several hundred assembled staff members last week, surprised practically everyone in the news business.

The new No. 2, and definitely not the heir apparent: Eugene Roberts, who at 61 is four years Lelyveld's senior and who left the Times in 1972 to transform the soggy Philadelphia Inquirer into...

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