Reinventing the Los Angeles Times
Tue, February 21, 2023
Athenaeum Dinner Program: Kevin Merida
Since taking charge of the Los Angeles Times newsroom more than a year and a half ago, Executive Editor Kevin Merida has set out to reinvent the largest newspaper on the West Coast, and one of the largest in the country. The LA Times is branching out into digital news, podcasts, scripted shows, documentaries, earthquake bots, real-time wildfire maps. At the same time, it is appealing increasingly to readers of its home region, where close to half of the residents are Latino. In conversation with David Dreier ’75, the longtime congressman representing Claremont, Merida will speak to the changing nature of the Los Angeles Times in response to an evolving demographic, and about media coverage of government, going back to when Merida covered Dreier as a congressional correspondent for the Dallas Morning News and the Washington Post.
This program is co-sponsored by the Dreier Roundtable whose mission it is to inspire public service.