Announcement from Business Editor David Cho and Deputy Business Editor Zachary Goldfarb:

We’re excited to announce that Damian Paletta will become The Post’s new Economics Editor.

Damian joins the editing team after spending several years at The Post as one of the country's leading writers covering the White House and economic policy. Since joining The Post in early 2017, he has broken major stories about the Trump era -- government shutdowns, tax reform and the trade war -- while providing distinct insights into the unconventional approach of this administration. Those stories included a piece just last week on how Trump is increasingly ignoring advice from his aides on the trade war, a deep look at regulators’ struggles to come to grips with the boom in leveraged lending, and a scoop about Trump’s efforts to push the Postal Service to double rates on Amazon.

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He also found time to write compelling enterprise on and off his beat, including a series of stories last year about the economic underpinnings of American holidays. Features ranged from a profile of the sour labor feud at Pennsylvania’s Peeps factory to an investigation into the Chinese businessman who controls much of the world's fireworks supply.

Throughout it all, Damian has been a generous and indefatigable colleague and a source of ideas for reporters in Business and elsewhere in the newsroom.

We would be bereft at the thought of his leaving the reporting ranks if we were not so enthusiastic about the knowledge, energy and journalistic savvy Damian brings to his new role. The economics pod has front-line responsibility for covering some of The Post’s biggest stories, and Damian will lead the team at a hugely important moment, when trade wars and economic turbulence are likely to influence the outcome of next year's elections.

Damian, who spent 11 years reporting for The Wall Street Journal, lives in Alexandria with his wife and two children.

We can’t wait to see the achievements of an already strong economics team under Damian’s leadership. Please congratulate him on the new role, which he’ll begin Sept. 3.

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