Maramba is married to former Daily Mail staffer Kris Wise Maramba. They have two children, Felix, 3, and Felipa, 1.
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Merritt takes over editorial page duties from Johanna Maurice, who has officially retired from her position but is staying on for a few weeks to ease the transition.
"Our vision for the Daily Mail's editorial content is to maintain its focus on limited government, fiscal responsibility and individual rights," McElhinny said. "There will still be a place for community debate in our opinion section, of course."
Merritt comes to the Daily Mail after a 30-year career as a professional communicator.
A 1984 graduate of the W. Page Pitt School of Journalism at Marshall University, he has held communications jobs at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Gulf States Utilities in Beaumont, Texas, and spent most of his career at Columbia Gas Transmission in Charleston.
At Columbia, he interacted regularly over the years with Charleston Daily Mail business reporters Phil Nussel, Chris Stadelman and George Hohmann.
He most recently served as communications manager for the Division of Science and Research of the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission.
"I've been a fan of the Daily Mail for a long time," Merritt said. "The Daily Mail was a community newspaper before the term became trendy. I've always liked its focus on the local community, its balanced coverage of state issues, and of course, its insightful editorials.
"I'm honored to be selected for this position, and realize the responsibility of carrying on a tradition of careful and insightful community discourse."
A resident of South Charleston, Merritt has long been active as a volunteer in youth sports, most recently with the South Charleston High School Athletic Boosters. He is the public address announcer for Black Eagle football, a position he's held for more than 20 years. He is the father of two sons, Ed and Brandon, and recently became a grandfather.
Follow him on Twitter @EKMerritt.
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