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By The Associated Press in The Guardian

The Los Angeles Times on Monday said that Kevin Merida, who built ESPN’s the Undefeated into a multimedia presence and spent a lengthy career in newspapers before that, will be its new executive editor.

Merida, 64, is being challenged by the newspaper’s owners, Patrick and Michele Soon-Shiong, to speed its transition into a digital news leader.

“Kevin possesses a clear understanding of the rigor necessary for independent journalism and how to translate that journalism to multiple platforms,” the newspaper’s owners said in a statement. “He also shares our passion for the unique opportunity we have to build the LA Times into a media enterprise with a distinct west coast point of view.”

Merida is moving to Los Angeles from Washington, where he spent 22 years at the Washington Post before joining ESPN in 2015. He also worked at the Dallas Morning News and Milwaukee Journal. The Post is searching for its own new leader following the retirement of Marty Baron.

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