Kimathi Muiruri ’21 completing term as editor in chief for Carolina Political Review, handing off role to Fleet Wilson ’23

News & Spotlights | April 22, 2021
Departing Carolina Political Review editor in chief Kimathi Muiruri ’21 (left) and incoming editor in chief Fleet Wilson ’23.

Kimathi Muiruri ’21 will be handing off his role as editor in chief of the Carolina Political Review (CPR) to Fleet Wilson ’23 for the next academic year.

Kimathi is a double major in history and environmental studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He previously served as the managing editor and opinion editor for the CPR, and the scholar is a voting member of the student leadership team for the UNC Institute of Politics (IOP).

Kimathi said he hopes to leave the publication more relevant and thoughtful than he found it—for both writers and readers

“The CPR is about giving UNC-Chapel Hill students an opportunity to write about and engage with the most challenging issues of our time from a student perspective,” said the Canadian Morehead-Cain Scholar, whose interests include environmental law, environmental justice, and the history of modern Africa.

During the summer of 2020, Kimathi was a summer associate with Normal>Next, a startup founded by Morehead-Cain Alumnus Dennis Whittle ’83 that helps organizations adapt to the post–COVID-19 world, and a research assistant at the UNC Law School, all while beginning his term as editor in chief.

“It’s a challenging job, but it’s also been the honor of my Carolina career,” Kimathi said. “Having worked with Fleet all year, I am confident that the publication is in more than capable hands.”

Fleet has served as a contributor for the CPR since 2019. The double major in media and journalism and political science said he looks forward to overseeing the Review as the publication continues to grow its presence on campus, in partnership with the UNC IOP.

“I hope to see our student-run outlet become a must-stop spot for state and local politicians as life in North Carolina gets back to normal.”

Fleet is on a stop-out this year (2020–2021), working full-time as a writer for the Daily Pnut, a global affairs newsletter. He will begin the new role at the Review following his return to campus in fall 2021.