Jodi Rudoren, Veteran Times Journalist, Will Lead The Forward

The Forward, a 122-year-old Jewish publication, named a new leader of its newsroom on Tuesday, appointing Jodi Rudoren, a veteran editor and reporter at The New York Times, as editor in chief.

In hiring Ms. Rudoren, a former Jerusalem bureau chief for The Times, The Forward is taking another step past a tumultuous period. After moving from a weekly to a monthly schedule, the publication ceased its print edition this past spring. It also cut nearly 30 percent of its staff, including the previous editor in chief, Jane Eisner.

Last week, the publisher and chief executive, Rachel Fishman Feddersen, announced the receipt of a $500,000 gift from Craig Newmark, the Craigslist founder and media philanthropist. Ms. Feddersen said the money would be used to revitalize The Forward’s website and expand its readership.

Ms. Rudoren, who joined The Times in 1998, is an associate managing editor at the paper, developing strategies to better engage readers. She is expected to start her new job in September.

One of the highest-ranking female journalists at The Times, Ms. Rudoren anchored the paper’s coverage of Israel and the Middle East from 2012 to 2015. Her other roles have included Chicago bureau chief, correspondent on the 2004 presidential campaign, and deputy editor on the Metro desk, where she created the Sunday Metropolitan section.

“We’re excited to bring in Jodi’s depth of experience with digital invention and the caliber of her journalism,” Ms. Feddersen said in an interview. “For our staff to have a leader like Jodi is inspirational.”

The Forward, which began as a Yiddish-language daily newspaper at the turn of the 20th century, focuses its coverage on Jewish life, including politics, religion, culture and foreign affairs. It started publishing English-language editions in the 1980s. (The publication produces articles in both languages online.)

The Forward reaches about two million readers a month online, Ms. Feddersen said; a third of the audience is under 35. The publication is overseen by a nonprofit group, the Forward Association. In January, Ms. Feddersen said The Forward had lost money for decades, with the losses numbering “in the millions” in recent years.

Ms. Rudoren, in an interview, said that she was a longtime reader of The Forward, dating to her days as a history major at Yale, where she researched microfiche editions from the 1920s. She praised the paper’s “pillar of investigative journalism, of provocative op-eds, and of really great cultural coverage.”

“The Forward needs to continue that tradition, push into more digital distribution and storytelling areas, and redefine itself as the platform for the American Jewish conversation,” she said.

At The Times, Ms. Rudoren was an author of the so-called 2020 report, a major review of the paper’s digital efforts. She was also an executive producer of a digital series called “One in 8 Million,” which received an Emmy Award in 2009.

The announcement of Ms. Rudoren’s departure from The Times comes four months after another high-ranking female editor, Susan Chira, left to become the editor in chief of The Marshall Project, a nonprofit news organization focused on criminal justice issues.

Ms. Rudoren previously wrote for The Times under the byline Jodi Wilgoren. She and her husband, the former Gary Ruderman, merged their surnames when they married in 2006.

Jaclyn Peiser contributed reporting.

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