Kahn, 57, is a Pulitzer Prize-winning China correspondent who has also reported for The Dallas Morning News and The Wall Street Journal. He joined the Times in 2008 as its Beijing bureau chief, and he went on to become its deputy foreign editor in 2008 and its international editor in 2011.
Kahn was promoted to managing editor in 2016 and is the second-ranking editor in the Times newsroom. Kahn is expected to formally succeed Baquet in June.
A.G. Sulzberger, the Times’ publisher, announced Kahn’s appointment in a memo to staff that the Times reported on Tuesday.
“For many people, especially those who have worked alongside Joe — a brilliant journalist and a brave and principled leader — this announcement will come as no surprise,” Sulzberger wrote.
Kahn “brings impeccable news judgment, a sophisticated understanding of the forces shaping the world and a long track record of helping journalists produce their most ambitious and courageous work,” Sulzberger added.