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

We are excited to announce that Arelis Hernández has joined the National staff to become The Post’s border correspondent, based in Texas. Arelis will work with the America desk’s immigration team, roving the U.S. southern border to help explore one of the most important stories of our time.

A versatile, energetic and collaborative reporter, Arelis has covered hurricanes and mass shootings across the United States and spent three weeks in Venezuela for the foreign desk. During the past 18 months, she has been in and out of Puerto Rico – at one point living there for two months – where she chronicled the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, probed the politics and culture of the island and most recently covered the fall of the island’s governor. Arelis was part of the team that created the digital immersion project “Sin Luz: Life without power,” which garnered a national Emmy nomination and a 2017 Scripps Howard award for multimedia journalism.

A graduate of the University of Maryland, Arelis came to The Post in 2014 from the Orlando Sentinel. As a member of the Metro staff, she has covered politics and government in Prince George’s County, where she grew up, working to hold elected officials accountable while also keeping an eye on local immigration enforcement.

For five years, Arelis has been an integral infielder for The Post’s softball team, whose members recruited her before she had even arrived in the newsroom.

Please join us in congratulating Arelis on her new adventure along the southern border.