Former Digital Strategy Editor to Oversee Digital Initiatives and Operations

WASHINGTON—May 24, 2013—The Washington Post today announced Emilio Garcia-Ruiz has been named managing editor for The Washington Post. He will be responsible for digital initiatives and operations, video, the presentation departments of photo, graphics, and design, and the multiplatform editing desk.

In this position, Garcia-Ruiz will be responsible for driving innovation in the newsroom across all digital platforms and will be the newsroom’s primary liaison with the business side on all digital efforts. He was previously The Post’s digital strategy editor.

Garcia-Ruiz will work closely with Kevin Merida, managing editor in charge of news and features coverage and the Universal News Desk. 

“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.

Garcia-Ruiz is a native of Washington, D.C., and a graduate of the University of Maryland.