Jodi Rudoren, a reporter and editor at The New York Times who served as its Jerusalem bureau chief from 2012 to 2016, has been named editor in chief of The Forward.
She succeeds Jane Eisner, who was let go in a sweeping staff cut in January, when the storied Jewish newspaper announced it would cease its print edition. At the time, publisher and CEO Rachel Fishman Feddersen said the overhaul was part of an “evolution from what was once a print-focused publisher to become a digitally focused publication.”
Rudoren is the Associate Managing Editor for Audience at The Times, where she oversees the newspaper’s newsletters and special initiatives to expand readership in California, outside the United States and among women.
Her tenure in Israel included coverage of the two major wars between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, the Iranian nuclear deal, a political crisis within the Palestinian leadership and a spate of deadly terrorism that came to be known as the “Stabbing Intifada.”
Rudoren’s last name is a combination of her original surname, Wilgoren, and her husband Gary’s original surname, Ruderman. They live in Montclair, N.J.
The Forward was founded as a Yiddish-language newspaper in 1897 by Abraham Cahan, and at the height of the immigration of Eastern European Jews to the United States became one of the largest circulation dailies in the country. In 1990, following a long period of decline, it launched an English-language weekly under the editorship of Seth Lipsky, an editor at the Wall Street Journal, that earned a reputation for aggressive coverage of Jewish affairs and an influential arts and culture section. Last month, the Forward received 12 Simon Rockower Awards from the American Jewish Press Association, included eight first-place prizes, for work overseen by Eisner.