Announcement from National Editor Cameron Barr and Deputy National Editor Scott Wilson:

We’re excited to announce that Kerry Lauerman will take on the newly created position of National Projects Editor. He’ll play a key role in the planning, execution and coverage of some critically important events during the political year, such as the presidential debate and forum we’re co-sponsoring with Univision, and in guiding our preparations for the political conventions. He’ll also bolster the expansion of our ‘America’ coverage and work on the development of new verticals.

Kerry has been instrumental in the success of the project we know internally as Rainbow. He and Cory Haik have developed an editorial sensibility that mixes eclecticism with traditional hierarchies and created striking, image-driven story presentations – building apps that are drawing ever-expanding audiences on Kindle, Android and iOS devices.

An experienced editor and manager, Kerry came to The Post after helping to launch The Dodo – a start-up about creatures that are, happily, not extinct. That followed a decade at Salon.com, where he worked as Washington bureau chief, culture editor and then, finally, editor in chief. He has also been an editor at the New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones and the late Forbes ASAP. His first job was at the Owensboro (KY.) Messenger-Inquirer.

He’ll take up his new role Nov. 16. Please join us in making him feel welcome.