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Veteran ESPN news editor Kevin Merida was named executive editor of the Los Angeles Times on Monday.

Why it matters: Merida — who has long been rumored for the role — replaces Norm Pearlstine, who stepped down as executive editor late last year after leading the paper for two and half years.

Details: Merida served as senior vice president and editor-in-chief of “The Undefeated,” ESPN’s franchise that covers the intersections of sports, race and culture.

  • Sources say Merida was being released from his contract with Disney over the past few days.

Between the lines: Last year, Latino journalists at the Times pushed management to invest more in coverage of the Latino population, which is one of the biggest demographics in the region. Sources say Pearlstine struggled to address many of these conversations.

  • Journalists of color having been pushing leadership to address issues of racial inequity around hiring, coverage and pay, NPR reported.
  • Merida, who is Black, will have to address the internal conflicts around diversity and inclusion.

Despite its new ownership, the L.A. Times has struggled to transition its business into the digital era. The paper was bought by Patrick Soon-Shiong, a doctor and biotech billionaire, in 2018. It has not been able to build a national brand in the same way that rival papers, like the Washington Post, have been able to with billionaire investments.

The big picture: Several of the country’s biggest news companies are currently looking to fill top editor roles.

  • Sources had previously told Axios that Merida was one of the names being considered for the new Executive Editor role at The Washington Post.

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Exclusive: Twitter launches national campaign to boost local news

Image of local newspaper ads Twitter is running in 25 papers

Twitter on Monday will launch a major advertising and social media campaign urging people to follow local journalists and support their work.

Why it matters: While Twitter is a platform designed to give everyone a voice, journalists from national outlets tend to have an outsized presence.

CCP releases two jailed Canadians after Huawei CFO deal with DOJ

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Two Canadians imprisoned by the Chinese government for over 1,000 days have been released and are expected to arrive in Canada on Saturday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday.

Why it matters: Their release comes hours after Huawei Technologies CFO Meng Wanzhou reached a deal with the U.S. Department of Justice that resolves the criminal charges against her and could pave the way for her to return to China.

Updated 16 hours ago - Politics & Policy

Arizona GOP's private recount of 2020 election confirms Biden's win

Contractors working on behalf of the GOP examine and recount 2020 ballots at Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix in May. Photo: Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images

In an odd coda to the 2020 election, private contractors conducting a GOP-commissioned recount in Arizona confirmed President Biden’s win in Maricopa County.

Why it matters: The unofficial, party-driven recount has been heavily covered on cable news as part of former President Trump's continued effort to sow doubt about the election result.