Los Angeles Times Courts ESPN’s Kevin Merida for Top Editor Role In Competitive Market (Exclusive)

At least seven members of the newsroom have personally contacted Merida to convince him to come to L.A., TheWrap has learned; another candidate has ”respectfully declined“ the interview process

The Los Angeles Times is courting Kevin Merida, the editor in chief of ESPN’s The Undefeated, for its open executive editor role, TheWrap has learned.

Times owner Patrick Soon-Shiong, his wife Michele B. Chan and their daughter Nika Soon-Shiong have spoken to Merida about the position and are keen on him to replace Norman Pearlstine, who stepped down in December, according to an individual with knowledge of the interaction.

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J. Clara Chan

Media and politics reporter • jclara.chan@thewrap.com • Twitter: @jclarachan