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Kevin Merida Named Executive Editor, ‘Los Angeles Times’

The Los Angeles Times has tapped Kevin Merida to succeed Norman Pearlstine as executive editor. Previously, Merida was senior vice president at ESPN and editor-in-chief of The Undefeated, a platform that focused on race and sports.

He takes the helm in June, becoming the 19th editor of the 139-year-old newspaper.

Merida’s appointment ends a search that began in December, when former executive editor Norman Pearlstine became senior advisor to the newspaper’s executive chairman. Pearlstine’s reign was marred by accusations of verbal abuse and ethical impropriety.

Patrick and Michele Soon-Shiong, owners of LAT, stated: “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 a distinct West Coast point of view.”

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