From Local Editors Mike Semel and Debbi Wilgoren, and Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton:

We are pleased to welcome Maria Sacchetti as The Post’s new immigration reporter.

Maria comes to us from The Boston Globe, where she transformed the immigration beat from one covering the local immigrant communities into a wide-ranging one with national and global import.

Among scores of hard-hitting stories, Maria persuaded The Globe (i.e. Marty) to sue the Department of Homeland Security to get the names of criminal immigrants who were released into their communities. Her work was the first to address how often these immigrants re-offended.

Her energy, skill and inside sources have led the Globe to several difficult scoops and almost as many personal accolades.  Among some national awards, Maria also was a finalist for the IRE award for exposing the opaque nature of the immigration system and how it affects people.  She also was a finalist for the Ernie Pyle Award for a touching story about a man who died while crossing the Mexico border.

Before joining the Globe in 2004, Maria worked at the Orange County Register and Reuters in Bogota, Colombia. She has a BA from UMass and a master’s degree from the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas.

When she is not chasing immigration stories, Maria is an avid rower. She trades in the Charles for the Potomac at a time when immigration is front and center as a key issue globally, nationally and locally. We can’t wait for her March 6 arrival. Please join us in welcoming Maria to The Post.