Announcement from Liz Seymour, executive features editor; David Malitz and Mitch Rubin, deputy features editors; and Rachel Dry, Style editor:

We are thrilled to announce that Karen Heller will be joining The Post as a features general assignment reporter. Karen is a versatile and engaging writer who will harness her humor and eye for detail as she focuses on stories about culture and society that will appeal to our expanding national audience.

Karen is coming to us from the Philadelphia Inquirer where she has most recently spent six years as a metro columnist. Prior to that, Karen reported on popular culture, politics and social issues, while contributing profiles of celebrities and the lesser-known but no less profile-worthy. She also wrote a column for the features section and Sunday magazine, and was finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in commentary. Karen has also been on the staff of USA Today.

Born and raised here in D.C. – she grew up in Cleveland Park and attended Georgetown Day School – Karen graduated from the University of Chicago. She is married to David Dye, host of NPR’s World Café, and has two children. Karen will continue to live in Philadelphia but will be in the newsroom frequently.

We’re very much looking forward to her starting with us on Sept. 15.