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Kevin Merida, Executive Editor of the Los Angeles Times

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Kevin Merida

On this edition of In Black America, producer/host John L. Hanson Jr. present part one of a two-part discussion with Kevin Merida, executive editor of the Los Angeles Times.

In June 2021, Merida took the helm of the largest news gathering organization in the West. The veteran journalist became the 19th editor of the 139-year-old newspaper. Previously, he was a senior vice president at ESPN and editor in chief of the Undefeated, a multimedia platform that explores the intersections of race, sports and culture.

Merida talks about growing up in Washington, DC, becoming a journalist, attending Boston University, his first journalism job, why persons of color are important in the newsrooms and his vision of the Los Angeles Times.

John L. Hanson is the producer and host of the nationally syndicated radio series In Black America. It’s heard on home station KUT at 10 p.m. Tuesdays and 6:30 a.m. Sundays — and weekly on close to 20 stations across the country. The weekly podcast of IBA, the only nationally broadcast Black-oriented public affairs radio program, is one of KUT’s most popular podcasts.
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