Announcement from Local Editor Mike Semel, Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton and Transportation/Development editor Victoria Benning:

We are thrilled to announce that Justin George is joining The Post as our new transit reporter.

Justin will cover Metro regionally and transit issues nationwide. He joins us at a crucial time for Metro, as the system tries to remake itself and lure back lost riders.

Justin comes to us from the Marshall Project, where he was the D.C.-based criminal justice reporter. Before that, Justin was at the Baltimore Sun and the Tampa Bay Times.

His ambitious portfolio of clips show he is ideally suited to watch over Metro. He embedded with the Baltimore Police Department during the internal investigation of the death of Freddie Gray, which was a major piece of the Sun’s Pulitzer finalist entry. He wrote the three-part series Shoot to Kill, which examined why street violence was becoming more deadly. His reporting at the Tampa paper about sexual abuse and neglect at a group home for the developmentally disabled spurred several investigations and led to the resignation of a top state official.

He’s covered hurricanes, riots and more breaking news than anyone can count. He also was a key contributor to the “Serial” podcast series and is adept at multimedia.

Justin graduated from the University of Colorado with a degree in journalism. He also is a product of Columbine High School and his writing about teachers and friends who were killed there garnered the first of his many journalism awards. Ask him about anything, except how his beloved Broncos will do this year.

He joins us Sept. 23. Please help us make him feel welcome.