Announcement from Senior Director of Audience Ryan Kellett, Live News Editor Josh Freedom du Lac and General Assingment Editor Keith McMillan:

We are thrilled to announce that Deanna Paul is joining the General Assignment news desk.

Deanna, a former New York City prosecutor, worked on GA last summer as an intern and stood out for her ability to write about often-complex legal issues in terms readers understand. She explained witness tampering, deadly-force laws, executive privilege and judicial impeachment, and analyzed the allegations against Brett Kavanaugh from a sex-crimes prosecutor's perspective.

Deanna contributed to an installment of the “Murder with Impunity” project that revealed how men who kill women in domestic violence cases are often known to authorities. She's also written more traditional GA stories, like the time a Southern belle claimed to be too pretty for jail, or when she explained why serial killers have groupies. And she played a crucial reporting role in the initial coverage of the Tree of Life Synagogue shooting.

Before beginning her journalism career, Deanna spent six years prosecuting child killers and rapists in the Special Victims Bureau of the Kings County District Attorney's Office in Brooklyn. Her journalism has been published in Rolling Stone and Wired. Deanna (@thedeannapaul) was raised in Miami and received a bachelor's degree from the University of Pennsylvania, a law degree from Fordham and a master's degree from Columbia's Graduate School of Journalism. She can recall her favorite Scrabble play (the time she got ‘unicorn’ to be a triple word score, plus 50 points for using all 7 tiles), and is still getting used to how The Post uses “pleaded guilty” instead of “pled.” And if you look carefully on Spotify, you can find her Pop/R&B album.

Please join us in congratulating Deanna on her new assignment.