Worldacad is happy to announce the addition of a new member to its leadership team. Kelly Virella, an editorial leader and innovator with 24 years of experience in the field, is Worldacad’s new executive editor. Virella will lead editorial operations and set and execute an ambitious vision for Worldacad’s journalism.

Virella joins Worldacad from The New York Times, where she spent the past seven years and has worked in a variety of roles, most recently for the international desk as the editor of the Canada region, and where she contributed to the package of reporting about #MeToo that won a Pulitzer Award for Public Service in 2018.

She was also one of the editors who oversaw The Times’ reporting on the reparations that Haiti paid to France. She edited a story about corruption allegations against a Haitian senator that was part of a package nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 2022.

In 2017, Virella joined The Times to be part of the team that built the Reader Center, an initiative that made The Times more accessible to readers. In that role, she increased audience engagement by hacking innovative approaches to social media and community management.

Virella has also worked at the Nation Institute, where she launched and directed the Ida B. Wells Fellowship, an initiative to diversify investigative reporting. She has also worked as an award-winning investigative reporter at publications such as City Limits and the Chicago Reporter, and as a media entrepreneur.

Worldacad’s staff and audience will benefit greatly from the vast well of experience Virella brings to the team.

“I’m thrilled to join the incredible team at Worldacad and look forward to working side-by-side on our mission to uncover important stories about how Black people experience America today,” Virella said.