Announcement by National Editor Scott Wilson, Deputy National Editor Lori Montgomery, National Security Editor Peter Finn and Deputy National Security Editor Jia Lynn Yang:

After seven years as a Post correspondent in Latin America, Nick Miroff returns to Washington later this summer for a new role as a national security correspondent covering homeland security, transnational crime and borders.

Nick will take us into new lines of coverage around narcotics, organized crime and money laundering, and will help boost already strong coverage of DEA, ICE, Customs and Border Protection — agencies responsible for implementing some of the Trump administration’s most controversial domestic policy proposals. Nick will join a crack federal law-enforcement team that includes Devlin Barrett, Sari Horwitz and Matt Zapotosky, and will work closely with ace immigration reporter Maria Sacchetti.

The U.S.-Mexico border and its issues are familiar terrain to Nick. From Brownsville to Tijuana, he has reported since 2010 from every major city along the 2,000-mile divide, chronicling the drug trade, cartel massacres, the lives of lonely deportees and the grueling journeys of Central American migrant families. Nick also covered some of The Post’s biggest international stories while in Foreign: drug violence in Mexico and Central America, cholera and natural disasters in Haiti, the end of Colombia’s 50-year civil war, the Argentine backstory of Pope Francis, Venezuela’s painful unraveling and the Obama administration’s rapprochement with Cuba.

In 2015, Nick won an Overseas Press Club award for his series, Pushing South, about natural resource conflicts in the Amazon basin and across South America. His series with Post correspondent William Booth about the struggles of Mexico’s emerging middle class received a 2012 citation from the Overseas Press Club.

A graduate of the University of California, Santa Cruz and UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Nick began his Post career in 2006 as a Metro intern in Prince William County. He was part of the reporting team that covered the massacre at Virginia Tech in 2007, for which The Post won a Pulitzer Prize.

Nick will move his family back to the Washington area in August, and begin his new role in early September.