Announcement from National Editor Cameron Barr, Deputy National Editor Anne Kornblut and Politics Editor  Steven Ginsberg:

We are very excited to announce that Katie Zezima will join The Washington Post to cover the White House as part of our expanding digital strike force. Katie will be the online leader of our coverage during the day, setting the pace by breaking news, illuminating characters inside the West Wing and writing smart analytical pieces.

Katie comes to us from the Associated Press, where she has been covering a low-profile governor named Chris Christie. Her recent work on the scandal surrounding Christie revealed that the traffic jams in Fort Lee appeared not to cause poor medical care or leave critically ill patients dying. Before that she covered Cory Booker, writing about his flirtatious messages with a Portland, Ore. stripper, evaluating his mixed record in Newark and chronicling his rocky race for the Senate.

Katie spent the 2011-2012 academic year at the University of Michigan as a Knight-Wallace fellow, studying prescription drug abuse and developing a book proposal on the demise of cursive handwriting (!).  She spent the better part of the 2000s working for the New York Times in Boston, a span that included the capture of Whitey Bulger and the death of Ted Kennedy. Katie also did a brief stint as a student writer at the Boston Globe while she was a student at Boston University.

Katie’s first day will be March 17. Please join us in making her welcome.