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Janel Davis joins The Washington Post as deputy education editor

WASHINGTON DC, MAY 24: The Washington Post Building at 1301 K St. NW in Washington DC, May 24, 2016. (John McDonnell / The Washington Post)
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Announcement from Local Editor Mike Semel, Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton, Education Editor Adam Kushner and Deputy Education Editor April Bethea:

We are thrilled to announce that Janel Davis is joining The Post as a deputy education editor.

Janel comes to us from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, where she was senior editor for enterprise. In that role, Janel oversaw the AJC’s coverage of education, religion, the environment and immigration. Her orbit also included the paper’s columnists and investigative work.

Janel has edited several accountability stories, including one about how the state of Georgia was withholding coronavirus counts at schools from the public. She also had her reporters look through decades of yearbooks at the University of Georgia, Georgia Tech, Emory, Mercer, Georgia Southern and Georgia State to demonstrate to readers the remarkable history of racist images.

Janel also served as the AJC’s senior editor for local digital news, leading a team of five reporters, two audience specialists and a social media editor with a mission of bringing a larger audience to local news.

At The Post, Janel will join Education Editor Adam Kushner and Deputy Education Editor April Bethea in running our coverage of a topic that is at the forefront of politics, the culture wars and the country’s comeback from the pandemic.

Janel’s arrival is a bit of a homecoming for her. One of her first jobs was at the Gazette newspapers in Montgomery County.

She has a degree in mass communications from Southern University and A&M College in Baton Rouge. She is married to a high school band director and musician and loves being band and gymnastics mom to her two sons. She also is a longtime volunteer at her church's food pantry and homeless ministry.

Janel starts Dec. 13. Please join us in welcoming her to The Post.