ESPN’s “The Undefeated” Names New Editor-In-Chief


It’s been a long road for The Undefeated, but the site finally seems to have a leader and the right push needed to get things off the ground.

While former Editor-in-Chief Jason Whitlock has taken his talents to Fox Sports, ESPN Media just revealed that Washington Post managing editor Kevin Merida has stepped down from the position, to head The Undefeated.

Kevin Merida, managing editor at The Washington Post, has been named editor-in-chief for “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s upcoming site that will provide in-depth reporting, commentary and insight on race and culture through the lens of sports. Merida will be a senior vice president and responsible for the editorial direction, tone and policies of the site, and provide oversight for key initiatives undertaken by “The Undefeated.” He will report directly to Marie Donoghue, ESPN Executive Vice President for Global Strategy and Original Content, and be based in Washington, D.C.

At The Washington Post, Merida serves as managing editor for news, features and The Post’s Universal News Desk since February 2013. He helped lead The Post’s digital transformation that has resulted in one of the largest increases in audience growth of any media outlet in the country over the last two years. Merida oversaw key sections – National, Foreign, Metro, Business, Sports, Investigations, Outlook, Style, Travel, Food, Local Living and Weekend/Going Out Guide and The Washington Post Magazine. Merida is the first African-American to hold a managing editor position at The Post. During his tenure, The Post won three Pulitzer Prizes.

“Kevin is a remarkably accomplished journalist, editor and leader whom we have long admired and desired to join ‘The Undefeated’,” Donoghue said. “Today’s announcement represents a key step in the evolution of the site and ESPN’s commitment to this ambitious project.”

Merida is an excellent choice to lead The Undefeated — with top-notch credentials and a journalism career that has spanned over 20-years now.