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

We are delighted to announce that Lateshia Beachum is joining the General Assignment news desk, where she’ll cover breaking news and ongoing stories as well as write enterprise. This will be a return to The Post for Lateshia, who is an alumna of the 2016 intern class.

She comes to us from the Center for Public Integrity, where she covered politics with a focus on identity and campaign finance. Some of her standout work included an examination of how St. Louis residents remain stuck in poverty despite meeting the Trump administration's "personal responsibility requirements" for a helping hand. That piece was part of CPI’s “Abandoned in America” project that won the Radio Television Digital News Association’s 2019 Kaleidoscope Award. Lateshia also explored why the nation’s wealthiest African Americans are reluctant political donors and wrote a piece about the struggle transgender political candidates face in raising funds for campaigns.

Previously, Lateshia has written for Forbes and the Syracuse Post-Standard, and has made regular appearances on WURD in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania’s only African-American-owned and operated talk radio station. She is a graduate of Columbia College in South Carolina and has a masters in journalism from Syracuse. When Lateshia isn’t chasing a tip or crafting a lede, she can be found traveling, caring for her plants, or taking improv classes. Were you to borrow her headphones, you’d likely hear a tune from gospel great Mahalia Jackson. Her first day will be Aug. 19. Please join us in welcoming Lateshia back to the newsroom.