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Announcement from Tara Parker-Pope, Wellness Editor:

We’re thrilled to announce that Kelyn Soong has returned to The Washington Post as Fitness Editor for our expanded Wellness Bureau.

In her new role, Kelyn will focus on fitness and exercise advice, trends and culture, connecting everyday athletes with the latest advice and science from the world of professional and elite sports. And of course, Kelyn will be writing about running, a subject he knows well having completed eight marathons, including a personal best of 3 hours, 58 minutes and 30 seconds at the 2019 Richmond Marathon.

Kelyn returns to The Post after a four-year stint as a sports editor for Washington City Paper, where he launched a new sports section in June 2018. During his time there, he covered major sporting events such as the Stanley Cup final and the World Series. , wrote a cover story about the mystery of how professional runners making a living and exploring DC’s underrated sports niche In 2020, Kelyn won a Dateline Award for overall sports coverage of the DC Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Kelyn first joined The Post in May 2013, where he worked for five years as a high school press assistant and sports reporter in the sports office. He has written on a variety of topics, including cheat problem in youth tennis, the prevalence of eating disorders among the runners, and “plogging” (running while picking up litter). Kelyn has made friends throughout the newsroom by regularly helping with weekend event coverage, including the Women’s March and the March for Our Lives. He has also contributed to the Book World, Arts & Entertainment, Local Living, Education and Inspired Life and Retropolis blogs. Kelyn also organized running events with her colleagues; in 2018, The Post beat nearly 100 teams to win the overall team award in the ACLI Capital Challenge three-mile race.

Kelyn attended the University of Maryland, where he earned a master’s degree in kinesiological science and a master’s degree in cross-platform journalism, while managing the university’s women’s varsity volleyball team. He is currently an assistant cross country and track and field coach at Walter Johnson High School and is vice president of engagement for the DC chapter of the Asian American Journalists Association.

Kelyn was born in Brooklyn, the last four letters of which inspired his first name. He grew up speaking Mandarin and has a black belt in Taekwondo. Besides training for this year’s New York City Marathon, which he will run to raise money for the AAJA, he enjoys playing tennis, hiking and going to concerts.

Please welcome Kelyn to the press room. Its first day is July 18.

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