WashPo Names Merida Managing Editor

Kevin Merida will be responsible for The WashingtonPost's news and features coverage, as well as the Universal News Desk. He joins Managing Editor John Temple.

The Washington Post today named Kevin Merida managing editor, responsible for news and features coverage, as well as the Universal News Desk. He begins in his new role immediately.

The editors of the Post’s National, Foreign, Metro, Business, Sports, Investigations, Outlook, Style, Arts, Travel, Food, Local Living and Weekend/Going Out Guide sections and The Washington Post Magazine will report to Merida.

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He joins Managing Editor John Temple, who in his role will now oversee digital operations and initiatives, all presentation units, the multiplatform desk, budgeting and newsroom operations.

"Kevin is a journalist of remarkable accomplishment, with a record of strong leadership. During his 20 years at The Post, he has covered Congress and presidential campaigns, as well as stories that called upon his great strengths as a long-form feature writer. He has cultivated a talented staff on the National desk, and he has won the admiration and affection of his colleagues. I'm delighted to have him leading coverage across the entire newsroom,” Marty Baron, the newspaper’s executive editor, said in a statement.

Most recently, Merida was the Post’s national editor. During his tenure, Fact Checker was introduced, The Fix was expanded, and the Post started a new blog, She the People, to showcase the voices of women. The Post’s national staff also enhanced its digital presence through live-blogging, as well as The Grid, providing comprehensive coverage of live events.

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