LA Times Announces ESPN VP, Undefeated EIC Kevin Merida as Executive Editor

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Kevin Merida, longtime newspaper veteran and ESPN senior vice president, has been named the new executive editor of the Los Angeles Times, the newspaper announced Monday.

The announcement comes after a five-month search, following the departure of executive editor Norman Pearlstine in December.

“We are elated to welcome Kevin to the Los Angeles Times,” LA Times owners Patrick and Michele Soon-Shiong said in a statement. “Kevin possesses a clear understanding of the rigor necessary for independent journalism and how to translate that journalism to multiple platforms. He also shares our passion for the unique opportunity we have to build the L.A. Times into a media enterprise with
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