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Journalism on Display: Raina Kelley Named VP And EIC Of The Undefeated

Kelley succeeds Kevin Merida, who launched the project five years ago; here's a sampling of the reaction from ESPN and beyond

From October 2018: Raina Kelley (L) and Sage Steele address the espnW: Women + Sports Summit.
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On Monday, Raina Kelley, the managing editor of The Undefeated since November 2015, was promoted to Vice President and Editor-in-Chief of the ESPN multimedia initiative exploring the intersections of sports, race, and culture.

Kelley – a Yale University graduate who joined ESPN in May 2011 and has been a leader of the company’s long-form journalism efforts across a variety of platforms following eight years with Newsweek magazine – will provide editorial direction and oversight for The Undefeated as it continues its successful expansion across The Walt Disney Company.

Kelley succeeds Kevin Merida, who launched the project five years ago. From across ESPN and beyond, the news brought a great deal of congratulations for Kelley, appreciation for what Merida has built, and excitement for the future of The Undefeated.

– Michael Skarka

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