Monica Drake, New York times assistant managing editor. She started the popular travel section topic 52 Places to Go She is the first African-American woman on the New York Times print masthead.
"In college, I took a lot of courses that I liked. I took economics. I took a lot of math. I was going along a different path. But I always loved hearing people’s stories and understanding their lives. That’s why I decided to major in anthropology. Travel and thinking about travel allows me to pursue my passion for hearing people’s stories."
"I also need to point out that this promotion — and the career that I’ve had — is a result of the collective support of the people who have guided me throughout my life and career. They include my maternal grandfather, a former sharecropper and auto factory worker; my grandmother, a former domestic worker; my mother, who raised three kids while putting herself through medical school; my twin brother, a scientist who has been a constant companion and nurturer; Dana Canedy, the former senior editor without whose guidance and mentorship I simply wouldn’t be here; Janet Elder, the recently deceased deputy managing editor and the fiercest advocate anybody could hope for; Dean Baquet, our executive editor, who wears a million hats, including stealth mentor; and Greg Winter, the deputy international editor, a great journalistic mind who happens to be my husband. So yes, this milestone feels great, especially because it’s a reflection of the collective brilliance and generosity of these people and countless others."
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