Today The New York Timesfreshly installed executive editor Dean Baquet told the paper’s newsroom that he underwent surgery over the weekend to remove a malignant kidney tumor. The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone has Baquet’s full memo, which concludes:

One thing I know will not stall or even slow is our amazing news report. Just in the last few days, we have shown the tremendous power of our reporting as American politics and the Mideast were simultaneously upended and the World Cup matches began in Brazil. Every day's report makes me more honored to be part of the newsroom and I assure you that I will be back there as soon as possible.

Following his surgery on Saturday, Baquet told Times staffers, doctors provided him with an “excellent prognosis.”

Get well soon, Dean.

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