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 NABJ Congratulates Member Kevin Merida on Appointment as SVP & Editor of ESPN's “The Undefeated"

NABJ congratulates member Kevin Merida on his appointment as senior vice president and editor of “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s website centering on the intersection of race, culture, and sports.

Merida will be a senior vice president and oversee the content, the direction, and the strategic initiatives undertaken by the site. He joins “The Undefeated” from The Washington Post 

where he had been managing editor since February 2013 and on staff for 22 years. Upon his appointment at the Post, he became the paper’s first African-American managing editor.


“Kevin is an exceptional journalist who has worked his way up from reporter to editor covering a range of topics, from news of the day to national politics,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover. “Kevin is a transformative leader who has driven pointed editorial coverage of important news stories while balancing the need to create newsrooms that are nimble, flexible, adaptable, and creative. He has mentored talented journalists and helped them to create notable work.”

“Kevin is a remarkably accomplished journalist, editor and leader whom we have long admired and desired to join ‘The Undefeated,’” said Marie Donoghue, 


ESPN Executive Vice President for Global Strategy and Original Content.  “Today’s announcement represents a key step in the evolution of the site and ESPN’s commitment to this ambitious project.”

Before serving as managing editor Merida was the paper’s national editor.  Merida was named NABJ’s Journalist of the Year in 2000 in recognition of his storytelling abilities, his commitment to the craft of journalism, and his drive to be an industry influencer by encouraging others to raise the bar.

Merida a Washington, D.C.–area native graduated from Boston University with a degree in journalism. He is the co-author of the biography “Supreme Discomfort: The Divided Soul of Clarence Thomas” and co-author of the bestselling “Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs.” Merida who will remain in Washington, D.C., is married to author and former Post columnist Donna Britt with whom he has three sons.

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  NABJ Congratulates Member Elise Durham on New Role as Assistant VP of Communications at FAMU


NABJ congratulates member Elise Durham on her appointment as assistant vice president of Communications, Media Relations, and Marketing at Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University (FAMU).

Durham, a 1991 graduate of FAMU, joins the university from Morehouse College, where she is currently the acting Director of Strategic Communications. She has been the school’s Media Relations Manager since 2001.

“Elise is a skilled communications and media professional who has excelled at advising leaders and institutions on strategic communications, media relations, crisis communications, and event planning,” said NABJ President Sarah Glover.


 “I have no doubt that she will prove an asset to her alma mater by leading critical efforts to support a legendary institution that has contributed so much to her own growth and development as a professional and as a person.” 


“We are delighted to have someone with the dedication, commitment, and experience of Ms. Durham joining our team,” said Jimmy Miller, FAMU Vice President of Communications and External Relations in announcing her appointment. “Dozens of highly qualified candidates applied for the position, but she stood out because of her passion and love for FAMU and its 128-year legacy of providing access to an affordable, first-rate education.”

While at Morehouse, Ms. Durham oversaw coordination of President Barack Obama’s 2013 visit to Morehouse to deliver the school's commencement address, created and managed an integrated marketing campaign during the unveiling of the MLK Monument in Washington, D.C., co-created the campaign for “Sons of Oprah,” developed around The Oprah Winfrey Show finale, and created the media campaign for the college's $105 million capital campaign.

Prior to her career in communications and marketing, she was an accomplished television news producer having been a senior producer at WSB-TV, the powerhouse ABC affiliate in Atlanta, produced at KPRC-TV, the NBC affiliate in Houston, and also produced “Good Day Atlanta” at WAGA-TV, the FOX affiliate also in Atlanta.

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