Personal life and educationEdit
Kevin Merida was born in Wichita, Kansas. He was raised in the Washington, D.C. area. He attended Crossland High School. He graduated from Boston University. After graduating, he attended the University of California, Berkeley's "Summer Program for Minority Journalists." Merida is married to Donna Britt. In 2012, The Huffington Post named the couple one of the "Black Voices Power Couples" of the year.
Merida has worked as a writer and editor at the Dallas Morning News and the Milwaukee Journal. At those newspapers, he wrote about crime and society. He started working at The Washington Post in 1993. At The Washington Post, Merida covered primarily US politics, including news related to the White House and the United States Congress. He also authored a series on African American men in the United States, called "Being a Black Man," which was featured in the newspaper. In 2008, Merida became Assistant Managing Editor at The Washington Post for the paper's United States national news department. He was named managing editor, "responsible for news and features coverage as well as the Universal News Desk," on February 4, 2013.
Merida's journalistic and research focus generally involves biographies about "difficult subjects," as described by the Houston Institute for Race & Justice. He has covered biographical subjects like Strom Thurmond, Bob Dole, George W. Bush, and Newt Gingrich.
- Merida, Kevin. Being a Black Man: At the Corner of Progress and Peril. New York: Public Affairs (2007). ISBN 1586485229
- Merida, Kevin and Deborah Willis. Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs. New York: Amistad (2008). ISBN 0061733091
- Merida, Kevin and Michael Fletcher. Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas. New York: Broadway (2008). ISBN 0767916360
- Nwulu, Mac (October 19, 2015). "Kevin Merida Named Editor-in-Chief for "The Undefeated"– ESPN Site on Sports, Race and Culture". ESPN MediaZone. ESPN. Retrieved 2 September 2016.
- Beaujon, Andrew. "Kevin Merida named managing editor of The Washington Post". Poynter MediaWire. Poynter Institute. Retrieved February 4, 2013.
- Weil, Martin (16 December 2008). "Merida Takes The Helm of The Post's National Staff". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2012.(subscription required)
- "Kevin Merida". Contemporary Authors. Archived from the original on 5 April 2018. Retrieved 27 December 2012.(subscription required)
- Williams, Brennan (17 November 2012). "Couple Of The Year Countdown: Donna Britt and Kevin Merida". Black Voices. The Huffington Post. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Calderone, Michael. "WaPo's Merida named AME / National". Washington Post. Politico. Retrieved 26 December 2012.
- Patterson, Orlando (17 June 2007). "Thomas Agonistes". Sunday Book Review. The New York Times. Retrieved 27 December 2012.