'I’m drawn to underdogs': Kevin Merida wants to reinvent the L.A. Times

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In the blink of an eye, Kevin Merida, 64, went from a relatively under-the-radar figure to one of the most talked about news executives around — a veteran Black journalist who, on the heels of a long-overdue reckoning around race, soared into the still overwhelmingly white stratosphere of the news business. Some might say he’s the L.A. Times’ last great hope, because if Merida can’t position the place for long-term success, who can?

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