Top ESPN Editor Kevin Merida to Speak
Editor-in-Chief of "The Undefeated" to talk intersection of sports, race, culture
POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. (Feb. 22, 2017) – Kevin Merida, Editor-in-Chief of The Undefeated will speak at Marist on Monday, February 27 from 12:30 - 1:45 p.m. in the Murray Student Center Cabaret. The Undefeated is ESPN's platform for exploring the intersections of race, sports, and culture. Recent stories on the site range from a photo essay on the fashions on display at the NBA's All-Star Game to an essay on the significance of the increased presence of people of color among this year's Academy Award nominees.
Merida will discuss current issues of sports, culture, race, and politics in a conversation and Q&A session moderated by Dr. Keith Strudler, Director of the Marist Center for Sports Communication.
One of the nation's top journalists, Merida joined ESPN as a Senior Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of The Undefeated in 2015 after a long and distinguished career at The Washington Post, serving most recently as managing editor for news, features, and the paper's Universal News Desk. He helped lead The Post's very successful digital transformation and led a newsroom that won three Pulitzer Prizes during his tenure. He has been a congressional correspondent and national political writer as well as a columnist and has co-authored a biography of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and a book of photographs documenting President Obama's 2008 campaign.
Merida was the first African American to hold a managing editor position at The Post, and he served as coordinating editor for its award-winning series Being a Black Man. A graduate of Boston University, where he received a degree in journalism, Merida began his career with stints at The Milwaukee Journal and The Dallas Morning News before joining The Post.