Washington Post Hires First Black Managing Editor

The offices of the Washington Post is seen in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007. Newspaper publisher The Washington Post Co. said Thursday its third-quarter profit edged down 1 percent, as a 50 percent drop in newspaper profits weighed down the company's bottom line. Earnings slipped to $72.2 million, or $7.60 per share, compared with $73.1 million, or $7.60 per share, in the prior year.(AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

By// Mariah Craddick

The legendary Washington Post announced earlier this week that national editor Kevin Merida will be promoted to managing editor, making him the first African American to hold that position. The paper’s other managing editor, John Temple, will now take over digital operations. 

“[Merida] is a journalist of remarkable accomplishment, but also a warm and caring colleague. And he has a record of of proven leadership,” executive editor Martin Baron noted in a memo.

Merida, who joined the Post in 1993, will now be responsible for “news and features coverage as well as the Universal News Desk.”

Read the full Washington Post announcement memo here.