The Washington Post has a new managing editor, replacing John Temple, who left the paper in March. Emilio Garcia-Ruiz will lead the Post‘s “digital initiatives and operations, video, the presentation departments of photo, graphics, and design, and the multiplatform editing desk,” according to a memo from Post Executive Editor Martin Baron obtained by Romenesko. Garcia-Ruiz joins the Post‘s other managing editor, Kevin Merida, whom Baron appointed to the position in February. Here’s a bit from the memo:
As editor for strategic projects for the past two and a half years, Emilio has been immersed in our digital efforts across all platforms,” said Martin Baron, Executive Editor, The Washington Post. “He was instrumental in bringing the embedded developer team to the newsroom, a move that helped The Post emerge as an industry leader in innovation, releasing more than a dozen new digital products in the past year. He also brings to this position deep and impressive experience as a journalist and a newsroom leader, a background that has allowed him to work intimately with photography, design, graphics, and the full range of editors and reporters. ”
Garcia-Ruiz began his career at The Post in 1987 as a night copy editor in Sports and was later promoted to Night Sports Editor and High School Sports Editor. He left in 1990 and spent the next 11 years at the Orange County Register, the Los Angeles Times and the St. Paul Pioneer Press. As the sports editor of the Minnesota paper, he directed the Pulitzer prize-winning investigation of academic fraud in the University of Minnesota men’s basketball program.
He returned to The Post as an assistant sports editor in 2001 and was named sports editor in 2003. In 2008, he became Local editor, leading the merger of the digital and print staffs while producing award-winning coverage of major local stories.
Which would seem to close the book on the Marcus Brauchli era, even though Garcia-Ruiz and Merida are both longtime Posties. Temple and Merida’s predecessor Liz Spayd were both appointees of the former executive editor, who left the Post newsroom at the end of 2012 but remains a Washington Post Company vice president.
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