RD Recap: Kevin Merida Heads to ESPN; Scott Schulman Out at Rodale

The latest media hirings and firings.

Revolving Door

Kevin Merida will head up The Undefeated, ESPN’s “Black Grantland,” which was originally a Jason Whitlock vehicle. Merida leaves The Washington Post, where he had been managing editor. “He sees journalistic possibilities when the rest of us are blind to them,” WaPo executive editor Martin Baron wrote in a memo announcing the departure. “He is a wise and trusted counselor to legions of Post journalists – and journalists throughout the country. He played a central role in helping The Post build a talented, diverse staff. He has high expectations of everyone, especially himself. Above all, he is a man of abundant generosity and humanity.” Meanwhile, Grantland continues to lose staffers, with Rembert Browne jumping to New York magazine as writer at large…

Scott Schulman is out as president of Rodale. He’s getting replaced by Maria Rodale, the company’s chairwoman and CEO, who wants to take a more active role in the day-to-day operations. Schulman joined Rodale two years ago as publisher of Runner’s World and Men’s Health. He and the Rodale scion did not see eye to eye on the focus of the company’s content. No surprise as to who won that power struggle… Read More