Announcement from Jim Tankersley, economic policy correspondent; Ryan McCarthy, assistant business editor; Greg Schneider, national economy and business editor; and David Cho, deputy editor:

We’re thrilled to announce Tina Griego will join the Financial staff as a writer on our forthcoming digital policy/storytelling project.

Tina writes haunting, unflinching, compassionate stories about Americans struggling to put food on the table, to educate their children and to build community in areas reshaped by rapid demographic change. She has a knack for transporting her readers into her subjects’ lives, thoughts and feelings: “The wife is named Maria,” she wrote in one of a series of stories about a Denver neighborhood transformed by immigration, “another baby anointed with a blessed name who grew up to find herself on this Denver street of Mexicans and Americans and those like her who are both and neither. Maria the Other, she might call herself. It is how she feels. She says she is a woman living in a house with a glass ceiling. She can see the sky, but she cannot touch it.”

Tina was a city columnist for the Rocky Mountain News and the Denver Post for a combined 12 years. Prior to that, she was a project reporter at the Rocky and the Albuquerque Tribune. She began her career in Los Angeles as a cop reporter for the L.A. Herald-Examiner. At the Rocky, Tina mentored many up-and-coming young writers – a role we’re excited for her to continue at the Post.

Her work has garnered her the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s Paul Tobenkin Memorial Award, the National Headliner Award, the Best of the West feature writing award and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ Frank del Olmo Print Journalist of the Year award. She was reporter and writer on the Los Angeles Times’ team that won a 1993 Pulitzer for spot news reporting. She is also a member of the Scripps Howard Hall of Fame for commentary.

A native New Mexican and lifelong Westerner, she is now making her way in the South, where she has learned red chile and grits are a pretty good combo. She is currently news editor at Style Weekly, Richmond’s alternative weekly newspaper. She will continue to be based in Richmond, but will commute frequently to work with the team, led by Jim Tankersley, which also includes Lydia DePillis, Todd Frankel, Jeff Guo and Danielle Paquette. Please join us in welcoming her when she starts at the end of June.