African-American journalists are still making strides in the journalism world, and Kevin Merida has just made history at the Washington Post. The 56-year-old was named managing editor of the daily newspaper on Monday, making him the first Black journalist to achieve the title.
“I am extremely honored to be managing editor of the Washington Post. I love our craft and its limitless possibilities,” he said after the historic announcement. “I still believe in what we do. We have a great news organization, with an incredibly dedicated and talented group of journalists. I hope to create more excitement in our newsroom, more energy, more joy.”
Merida has held multiple titles during his 20 years at the Washington Post. As managing editor, he is now responsible for news and features coverage, plus the universal news desk.
“I love the rich tradition of the Washington Post,” he said. “But this is our time, and we need to create new traditions, new legacies. We owe that to the people who came before us and to the people reading us now and in the future.”
Merida graduated with a degree in journalism from Boston University in 1979 and he’s the co-author of two books: Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas and Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs.
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