By Daniel Webster, dWeb.News Publisher
WASHINGTON, Sept. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Washington Post Executive Editor Sally Buzbee and Los Angeles Times Executive Editor Kevin Merida have become the newest members of the Fallen Journalists Memorial (FJM) Foundation’s Board of Advisors, the Foundation announced today.
The Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation supports construction of America’s first federally designated memorial to press freedom and the journalists who have given their lives for it. Both Mr. Merida, and Ms. Buzbee are recognized as stewards of journalism, and free press. They join a dedicated Board of Advisors made up of distinguished leaders from the journalism community.
We are delighted to have Sally and Kevin’s expertise as we work towards bringing this vital project to fruition,” stated Barbara Cochran , president, Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation. It is crucial that we honor the commitment to free press and the sacrifices made by editors, photojournalists and others through a permanent memorial in the capital.
Kevin are part of a distinguished group of journalists who serve on our advisory boards,” said Foundation Chairman David Dreier ,. “We look forward gaining from their influence as we create a Memorial to honor America’s commitment and those who have died in advancing press freedom around the globe.”
The Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation Board of Advisors also comprises The New York Times Dean Baquet , and The Wall Street Journal editor-in-chief Matt Murray ,, among other notable leaders in journalism.
A longtime journalist and news executive, Sally Buzbee took the helm as The Washington Post’s executive editor in May 2021, succeeding fellow FJM Board of Advisors member Marty Baron to lead the news organization. She previously served as executive editor and senior vice president for the Associated Press where she started as a reporter in 1988. Ms. Buzbee oversees newsrooms around the world covering consequential stories. These include conflict in the Middle East and U.S. presidential election coverage.
” I have witnessed firsthand the sacrifices journalists make in order to provide critical information to the public throughout my career,” stated Ms. Buzbee. “I proudly support the Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation in its efforts to honor America’s commitment for a free press. “
Kevin Merida is an award-winning journalist and author who was named executive editor of the Los Angeles Times in June 2021. Before joining the L.A. Times in 2005, Mr. Merida was a senior vice-president at ESPN. He was editor in chief for The Undefeated (the company’s multimedia platform that examines the intersection between race, culture, and sports). He has been a journalist and editor for two decades at The Washington Post, and most recently was a managing editor responsible for news and features coverage.
“It is an honor to work with such a distinguished group of journalists to create something that celebrates press freedom and remembers those who have died doing their jobs,” said Mr. Merida. “The freedom and role of the press in democracy is something we cannot take for granted. This memorial will help to educate future and current generations about the values we defend. “
Learn more about the Fallen Journalists Memorial and how to support this work at http://www.fallenjournalists.org and follow us at @FJMemorial.
About Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation
The Fallen Journalists Memorial (FJM) Foundation was authorized by Congress in December 2020 to build a memorial on federal land in Washington, DC to commemorate America’s commitment to a free press by honoring journalists who have sacrificed their lives in service to that cause. Former U.S. Representative David Dreier , as well as former news executive and journalist professor Barbara Cochran, are the leaders of the Foundation. Numerous leaders from all sectors of journalism are members of the Foundation’s Board of Advisors. They include editors, publishers, journalists, anchors, and photographers.
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SOURCE National Press Club Journalism Institute; Fallen Journalists Memorial Foundation
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