Announcement from National Editor Steven Ginsberg, Deputy National Editor Lori Montgomery, America Desk Editor Josh White and Deputy America Editor Simone Sebastian:

We are delighted to announce that Annie Gowen, who led The Post’s India bureau for five years, will become our Midwest correspondent.

Annie will be based in Kansas and cover the enormous changes throughout America’s heartland as part of The Post’s continued national expansion. She will focus on how farming and manufacturing communities are adapting to technological change, more frequent extreme weather events and the effects of the trade war. She will also examine how out-migration, changing demographics and shifting values are transforming the region.

Annie brings a wealth of experience and an eye for compelling human stories to the beat. She served as the India bureau chief from 2013 to 2018, leading our coverage from South Asia and Myanmar. She was honored with the Daniel Pearl Award for Outstanding Reporting on South Asia in 2018 for a reconstruction of a massacre in a Rohingya village. She has also reported from conflict zones in Ukraine and Iraq, where she spent the summer of 2011 examining the continued violence and ramifications of the U.S. troop withdrawal.

Annie joined The Post in 1997 as a Metro reporter and in 2007 profiled several victims of the shootings at Virginia Tech, contributing to the Pulitzer Prize-winning coverage of the tragedy.

This will be a homecoming for Annie, who was born and raised in Lawrence, Kan., and graduated from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. She is a lifelong Jayhawks basketball fan.