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Los Angeles Times names ESPN's Kevin Merida as its new top editor

May 3, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 29: Kevin Merida attends the Garden Brunch hosted by Tammy Haddad ahead of the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner on April 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/Getty Images)

The Los Angeles Times has its new top editor: Kevin Merida of ESPN will start as executive editor in June, the paper announced Monday.

New York (CNN Business)The Los Angeles Times has its new top editor: Kevin Merida of ESPN will start as executive editor in June, the paper announced Monday.

"I am excited to be the next executive editor of the L. A. Times, and will bring with me an open heart, a penchant for experimentation and a fiercely competitive spirit," Merida said in a statement.

The Times, owned by biotech billionaire Patrick Soon-Shiong, has been looking for a new executive editor since October.

Norman Pearlstine, who served in the role for two years, announced at that time a search had begun for his successor.

Merida is taking the helm of the publication during a difficult time for the paper and for the newspaper industry at large.

The Times lost more than $50 million in revenue last year, The Wrap first reported, in part from the pandemic's economic fallout.

Last fall, Times journalists reported on the "turmoil and scandals" at its own newsroom.

"We are elated to welcome Kevin to the Los Angeles Times," Patrick and Michele Soon-Shiong said in a statement.

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