Announcement from National Editor Steven Ginsberg, Deputy National Editor Lori Montgomery and Politics Editor Peter Wallsten:

We are thrilled to announce that Cleve Wootson, who has excelled on The Post’s General Assignment desk over the past two and a half years, is joining the National Politics staff to cover the 2020 presidential campaign.

As part of our growing campaign team, Cleve will chronicle what is shaping up to be one of the most fascinating elections in memory. He will start by traveling the country -- particularly early voting states including Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina -- focusing on the crowded battle for the Democratic presidential nomination.

On GA, Cleve wrote about a wide range of issues, from violent protests after police shootings, to the disappearance of Amelia Earhart, creepy things in the ocean and the experience of #LivingWhileBlack. He’s also covered politics, traveling to Mississippi last year to cover a Senate race fueled by a lively debate over the Confederate flag.

Cleve came to The Post in 2016 from the Charlotte Observer, where he worked as a crime, public safety and GA reporter. A native of Chester, Pa., just south of Philadelphia, Cleve attended high school in Charlotte and stayed in the Tar Heel state for college, receiving his bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2005. In addition to chasing news, Cleve moonlights as a salsa dancing instructor.

Today is Cleve’s first day on the politics team. Please join us in congratulating him on his new assignment.