Cameron Barr Upped to Washington Post Managing Editor

He starts Dec. 7.

Washington Post national editor Cameron Barr has been named managing editor for news and features, announced executive editor Martin Baron this morning.

“He encourages and supports ambition in imagining our journalistic possibilities,” writes Baron of Barr in the announcement. “He is resourceful in assuring that we deliver on what we set out to accomplish.”

“Cameron has embraced The Post’s digital aspirations,” Baron adds, pointing to PowerPost, a section that focuses on D.C. power relationships and Washington’s government apparatus, and its attendant newsletter, The Daily 202, both of which Barr oversaw through the launch.

Barr takes the spot left open by Kevin Merida, who left the Post in October to join ESPN as senior vice president and editor in chief of The Undefeated.

Barr has been at the Post since 2004, coming to the publication from The Christian Science Monitor, where his most recent role there had been as Middle East correspondent.

His first day as managing editor is Dec. 7.