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Former NYT Editor Jill Abramson Breaks Silence Following Firing

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Former Executive Editor of The New York Times, Jill Abramson, spoke publicly Monday for the first time since her departure from the paper.

She delivered the commencement speech at Wake Forest University.

Abramson spoke highly of the Times and said journalists there routinely risk their lives to publish the best reports in the world.

When asked if she plans to remove her Times style "T" tattoo, she said, "Not a chance."

She went on to speak about the uncertainties in life, and how to deal with them.

"You know the sting of losing or not getting something you badly want. When that happens show what you are made of," she said. "What's next for me? I don't know, so I'm exactly in the same boat as many of you and like you, I'm a little scared, but also excited."

Abramson went from reporting the news to being the news when she was fired last Wednesday.

In a statement, her publisher says that her termination had nothing to do with gender, as some reports alleged, but instead had to do with her management style. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP