Story at a glance

  • The L.A. Times announced the appointment of a new editor-in-chief: Kevin Merida.
  • Merida is known for hosting various ESPN programs and helming “Undefeated” on the network.
  • He will be tasked with transforming the L.A. Times into a digitally focused outlet.

The Los Angeles Times announced its new editor-in-chief on Monday: seasoned journalist Kevin Merida.

Merida, a Black man, has held positions at multiple outlets, including The Washington Post and ESPN.

Perhaps most notably, Merida has helmed ESPN’s Undefeated, a section of the sports news outlet that discusses how race and culture intersect with sports. 

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Los Angeles Times. I’m going to do everything I can to make this the greatest media outlet for the people of California, of L.A. — and beyond,” Merida said in an interview. “I see nothing but opportunity. I think this can be the most innovative media company in the country.”

As a Black man, he will be the third person of color to be editor-in-chief of the Times. 

This follows the newspaper's pledge to improve its diversity metrics among its staff. 

“His mandate will be to maintain the highest level of journalistic strength and find ways to grab the attention of our community … not just Los Angelenos but also readers in the western region and hopefully even the nation,” said the owner of the Los Angeles Times, Patrick Soon-Shiong.

Soon-Shiong emphasized that Merida will help lead the paper into a digital outlet as news is primarily consumed through phones, laptops and other digital devices. 

Published on May 04, 2021