Announcement from National News Editor Steven Ginsberg, Deputy National News Editor Lori Montgomery, Deputy National Politics Editor Peter Wallsten and Political Investigations Editor Matea Gold:

We are excited to announce that Jose Del Real is returning to The Post to join National’s political enterprise and investigations team. Jose will focus initially on capturing how policies affect marginalized communities as part of our 2020 campaign coverage.

Jose returns to The Post after nearly three years at The New York Times, where he was based in New York before joining the Los Angeles bureau. While there, Jose wrote memorable stories about California's crumbling drinking water system, transgender women at the border and the opioid crisis in the Bronx, which was a finalist for the 2018 Livingston Award.

At The Post, Jose was a member of our America desk and a key part of our 2016 campaign coverage. He traveled to more than 40 states covering Donald Trump's presidential campaign, while also writing about school choice in rural Maine and how African Americans in Kentucky were reacting to Trump's victory. Jose previously worked at Politico, where he was part of their breaking news team.

Jose, who grew up in Alaska and has a degree in Social Studies from Harvard University, recently married Patrick Roberts. Both are thrilled to be returning to Washington.

Jose’s first day will be Feb. 18. Please join us in welcoming him back to the newsroom.