Ann Gerhart expands duties to also edit Features coverage

Announcement from Liz Seymour, Executive Features Editor:

I’m happy to announce that David Malitz and Mitch Rubin will become Deputy Features Editors.

In their new roles, they will help lead the print and digital transformations of our feature sections: Style, Sunday Arts&Style, Food, Travel, Local Living, Weekend and the magazine. They will expand our presence online, push for ambitious journalism and drive daily coverage across the fourth floor.

Initially, David will focus largely on sharpening the daily Style section, increasing A1 story pitches and honing areas of coverage. Mitch will execute a new digital strategy, brainstorm new ideas for content and speed up the workflow. Eventually we expect these two newsroom leaders to work interchangeably on print and online content, eliminating any platform divide. In addition, they will work with the editors and reporters in features to reorganize the staff so we are collaborating across beats and print sections.

Over the past two years David has been an integral part of the Style section, overseeing pop culture coverage and working with critics in the subject areas that are of great interest to so many readers. He has also worked to enhance Style’s presence online, particularly in building an audience on the Style Blog, while also overseeing all coverage aspects of major events such as the Oscars and the recent White House Correspondents Dinner.

David started with The Post in 2004, working in the WPNI office in Arlington for what eventually became Going Out Guide. He co-launched two music blogs – Post Rock with J. Freedom du Lac, followed by Click Track with Chris Richards – and wrote about local and national music for the Weekend and Style sections.

A University of Maryland graduate, David and his wife Melissa live in Arlington, where she puts up with him watching lots of Pittsburgh Pirates and Washington Wizards games.

Mitch joined the Post in 1997 shortly after graduating from Georgetown University with a degree in government and economics. He started as a sports reporter covering area high schools and anything else former sports editor George Solomon wanted. Following stints as a news aide and agate clerk, Mitch began full-time as a page designer and was instrumental in the print presentation of the sports department’s big-event coverage.

After helping to plan and implement coverage of the Nationals move to D.C., Mitch served as the Sunday Sports Editor from 2006 to 2008. He spearheaded the launch of reachforthewall.com in 2009 and allmetsports.com in 2010, and after two years as the Sports Innovations editor (2010 to 2012) was named the department’s Production Editor, a catch-all title that effectively meant “the guy who gets things done.”  Mitch led the department’s adaption to Methode and has helped Sports use all new platforms most effectively. He is a complete journalist who has looked for ways to use technology to reach new and current readers most effectively, without sacrificing the Post’s mission of high standards.

Mitch and his wife Kristin have a 21-month old son, Luke, and live in Chevy Chase, DC.

I’d also like to announce that Senior Editor Ann Gerhart will expand her portfolio to bring her editing talents to our features coverage. Ann will work with our editors and reporters to initiate, shape and present select enterprise stories and projects, as she will continue to do across the fifth floor. Ann, who will continue to report to Kevin Merida, has deep roots in features journalism at the Post, as both a Style writer and Style’s features editor, and many of our writers have benefitted from her creativity, energy, generosity and long-form editing expertise. I’m thrilled she will reach out across the fourth floor to work with all of our reporters on great stories.