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Julie Zauzmer Weil joins the Business Desk to pioneer new line of coverage on taxes

WASHINGTON, DC - May 23: Julie Zauzmer of The Washington Post poses for a portrait on Tuesday May 23, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Matt McClain/The Washington Post)

Announcement from Business Editor Lori Montgomery and Deputy Business Editor Damian Paletta:

We are pleased to announce that Julie Zauzmer Weil is joining the Business Desk to pioneer a new line of coverage about taxes, using her powers of explanation and investigation to expose wrongdoing and inequities while helping readers better navigate the tax system for themselves.

Julie launches this beat as the Internal Revenue Service embarks on a historic and highly controversial expansion. Meanwhile, resurgent Republicans on the Hill are vowing to extend and expand the expiring Trump tax cuts, a fraught exercise bound to leave readers’ heads buzzing with urgent questions – questions Julie is uniquely positioned to answer.

For the past five years, Julie has volunteered as an IRS-certified tax preparer at D.C.'s Community Tax Aid, completing tax returns for low-income residents. That experience taught her how a person’s tax return can speak volumes about their life story – including how their government values their work and their wealth. Meanwhile, Julie has worked as a Local reporter for the past eight years, honing her skill at explaining the unfamiliar in accessible terms. As a religion reporter, she described the political impact of Christian theology for non-believers. On her current beat covering the D.C. government, she made sense of D.C.’s vaccine system. Most recently, Julie compiled the first comprehensive list of slaveholders in the U.S. Congress, researching the lives of 5,559 lawmakers who were born before 1840. The result was a massive interactive that inspired readers to share their own histories, including a D.C. judge who had spent years trying to unravel the mystery of why his great-grandmother – though born into slavery – had been married in the home of a U.S. senator.

Before coming to The Post, Julie worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer, her hometown paper. And before that, she was among the legions of future superstars who launched their careers as Post summer interns. A graduate of Harvard University, where she majored in English, Julie also served as managing editor of the Harvard Crimson.

Outside of work, Julie enjoys balloon twisting, knitting and sourdough baking. She will be based in New York, where she and husband Gabe, a law professor, are expecting their first child – and where Julie will have ready access to Wall Street financiers, executives of the nation’s wealthiest corporations and many of the tax experts who make the system hum.

Please join us in congratulating Julie on her new role. Her first day is Nov. 28.

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