ESPN’s long-awaited site The Undefeated has launched. The site—helmed by former WaPo managing editor Kevin Merida—debuts with three longform pieces as center pieces.
For 36 Hours With Marshawn Lynch, senior writer Lonnae O’Neal spent time with the former Seattle Seahawks star and his cousins in Lynch’s home town of Oakland, Calif. Senior entertainment writer Kelley Carter profiled Marvel’s Nate Moore—one of the few black producers at the company—for The Man Who Put Marvel in The Black.
Finally, on a much more serious and powerful note, in The Waco Horror, senior writer Jesse Washington visited Waco, Texas to retell the story of one of the most awful events in American history — the lynching of 19-year-old farmhand Jesse Washington.
“We’ll make sure you get to know who we are,” wrote Merida, in his first editor’s note. “We’ll produce a rich mix of original reporting, innovative storytelling, provocative commentary, must-see video, narratives and investigations. We aim to be vibrant, soulful, smart, dope. Unapologetic and unpredictable. We will work hard to live up to our motto: Not conventional.”