From Local Editor Mike Semel and Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton: 

We are thrilled to announce that Theresa Vargas will be The Post’s next Metro columnist. Theresa will join Petula Dvorak and Courtland Milloy anchoring the Metro page and generating new digital readers across the country.

In her nearly nine years on Local’s Enterprise team, Theresa has written hundreds of stories making sure the region’s marginalized had a voice. She introduced us to Khalil Bridges, who was about to enter his senior year at one of Baltimore’s most troubled high schools when he found himself living in his family’s home alone, with no electricity or gas. His story was so beautifully told that our readers started a GoFundMe page and got him his own apartment.

Her award-winning work about D.C. victims of gun violence who must now use wheelchairs explored not just the physical and emotional toll of the injuries, but also the rising costs to taxpayers.  During the 2008 recession, she and photographer Michael Williamson traveled the country on “Recession Road,” finding people deeply affected by the sagging economy.

The list goes on and on. But what’s so impressive about Theresa is that she can write about anything. She was hired here in 2007 to cover cops in Prince William County. She found gems on that beat, too. She is adept at hard news, features, analyses and spotting trends. She most recently worked with Investigative on its Fired/Rehired series. All her work is deeply reported and riveting.

Theresa was born and raised in San Antonio, Texas. She attended Stanford University and Columbia journalism school. We hired her from Newsday, where she covered cops and schools before creating a Youth Beat.