Miami Herald Names Monica Richardson First Black Executive Editor In Paper’s History

By Duchess Magazine

McClatchy, owner of the Miami Herald, has named Monica Richardson Senior managing editor of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution its first Black executive editor of US newspaper Miami Herald.

She rewrites the Florida newspaper’s 117-year history. A 30-year veteran of the news business, with expertise in Metro reporting and a specialization in digital news, the company said in a statement.

“We are thrilled to welcome Monica to Miami,” Kristin Roberts, McClatchy’s senior vice president of news, said in a statement. “She has a strong record of leadership in local journalism at one of the great metro newsrooms in the country. Now, she brings her commitment to accountability journalism and a track record of successful digital innovation that serves local audiences.”

Richardson, 50, will focus on growing the company’s audience and digital subscriptions, the company said. She will also oversee Spanish-language edition El Nuevo Herald and the Bradenton Herald, and operate as McClatchy’s Florida regional editor.

“I’m pleased to be working in a newsroom where journalism is the core mission of everything. That’s what drives me in my career. It’s the passion,” she said. “I wouldn’t be coming to Miami if I didn’t see that passion for journalism.”

Richardson succeeds Aminda Marques Gonzalez.

During her 30-year career, Richardson has worked at the Charlottesville Observer, Florida Times-Union, and Lexington Herald-Leader. She has spent the last 15 years in Atlanta, where she served as the newspaper’s digital managing editor before her promotion in 2018 to senior managing editor.

Richardson is a single mother raising an adopted eight-year-old daughter.

Roberts and Miami Herald President Nancy A Meyer wrote in an email to the staff that Richardson’s hiring is an “important milestone” for the paper.

“I don’t take that lightly,” Richardson said. “It means a lot to me. It means a lot to my family. It means a lot to my ancestors. I’ll step into those shoes and work hard.”

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