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

We are thrilled to announce that Kim Bellware is joining the General Assignment news desk, where she’ll cover breaking news and write enterprise.

Kim comes to The Post from Chicago, where she was previously a reporter and editor for the Huffington Post, focused on breaking news, plus prisons and policing. There, she covered the Laquan McDonald and Philando Castile police-involved shootings and fallout, reported on former House speaker Dennis Hastert's sexual abuse trial and contributed to an extensive database tracking deaths in jail.

Kim also has extensive experience as a freelancer, writing for publications such as The New York Times, the Atlantic, Rolling Stone and Vice. She is involved with the Association for Women Journalists-Chicago and has been a reporting resident with CityBureau, a non-profit civic journalism lab on the South Side of Chicago. She is a former Valparaiso soccer player who later covered the Chicago Fire, the MLS team that once made her into a bobblehead.

When she's not writing and reporting, Kim occasionally DJs; she's especially fond of surf and garage rock from around the world, African disco and '60s and '70s R&B. She says she once spent six years hunting for a specific song on a 45, and eventually found a copy at a London record store for less than $10. When she's not losing online record auctions to rich British collectors, she likes to bike tour and camp.

Her first day will be Sept. 9. Please join us in welcoming Kim to the newsroom.