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Merida Takes Over as Managing Editor at The Washington Post

Kevin Merida, who grew up in the Washington area and has worked for the Washington Post for 20 years, has been named managing editor in charge of news and feature coverage at the paper.

Merida, the paper’s first African-American managing editor, assumes the role immediately. Editors overseeing over a dozen sections, the Post Sunday magazine and the Universal News Desk, will report to him.

Most recently, Merida was the Post’s national editor. During his tenure, he oversaw coverage of the killing of Osama bin Laden; the BP oil spill; the 2012 presidential campaign; the shootings at Fort Hood, Tex., and in Aurora, Colo., and Newtown, Conn.; and the battle over health care. The Fact Checker column was reintroduced, Chris Cillizza’s blog The Fix was expanded, and a new blog, She the People, was initiated.

"Kevin is a journalist of remarkable accomplishment, with a record of strong leadership,” said the Post’s executive editor Marty Baron in a statement. “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.”

The Post’s other Managing Editor, John Temple, oversees digital operations and initiatives, all presentation units, the multiplatform desk, budgeting and newsroom operations.

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