WaPo Names Merida Managing Editor

WaPo announced today that Kevin Merida will be managing editor, responsible for news and features coverage as well as the Universal News Desk. They report that his new role is effective immediately. Most recently, Merida was in the role of national editor.

“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,” said Marty Baron, Executive Editor for The Washington Post, in a statement.

More personal info on Merida…From the release: “Merida was raised in the Washington, D.C., area and graduated from Boston University in 1979 with a degree in journalism.  He is the co-author of the biography Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas and co-author of the bestselling Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs. Merida is married to author and former Post columnist Donna Britt. They have three sons and live in Silver Spring, Md.”