WaPo managing editor departs for ESPN

Washington Post's Kevin Merida has announced he'll step down as managing editor to join ESPN. Merida will join the network as senior vice president as well as editor-in-chief of The Undefeated, a digital site designed to explore "the intersection of sports, race, and culture."

"Incredible talent already @espn #TheUndefeated, and more will be coming. Looking forward," he tweets, later adding, "Grateful to @PostBaron for giving me the opportunity to be managing editor @washingtonpost. He is the best executive editor in America."

Meanwhile, Twitter was awash with lamentations from colleagues and praise from all over.

"Crushed to hear this - but it sure is a dream gig," acknowledges classical music critic Anne Midgette.

"Journalists often make big deal of hires in our own biz, but @meridak coming to @TheUndefeated is indeed a big deal," notes Mike Wise at ESPN.

Meanwhile, NPR's media correspondent David Folkenflik observes, "@meridak departure a blow to WaPo, but suggests ESPN taking Undefeated site seriously."

Don’t forget - if you change your job in journalism or move to a different news organization, be sure to email Kirsten (kirsten [at] sawhorsemedia [dot] com) so we can reflect your new title. News job changes only, please! Thanks!

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