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Gerald Michael Boyd was an American journalist. He was the first African American metropolitan editor and managing editor at The New York Times and the youngest Nieman Fellowship recipient when he received one.
At the New York Times, Boyd led coverage that won three Pulitzer Prizes, including a series on race relations in the United States. After resigning in 2003, Boyd worked as a consultant and kept an office at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Boyd died in Manhattan from complications from lung cancer.
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