The Oklahoman named Ray Rivera as its executive editor Thursday.
Rivera, a veteran journalist who has spent his career exposing injustices and holding the powerful accountable, will also serve as the regional editor for the USA TODAY Network’s Sunbelt region, which includes Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado and New Mexico.
The announcement was made Thursday afternoon, and Rivera was introduced to the staff during a remote meeting. He is leaving his position as managing editor for The Seattle Times to move to Oklahoma City.
“I’m thrilled to return to a region I’m passionate about," Rivera said. "Local news is more important than ever, and I am immensely proud to join the hundreds of journalists across Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico and Colorado who are committed to giving readers what they need to know to navigate their lives, educate their children and hold the powerful accountable.”