Announcement from Local Editor Mike Semel, Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton, and Education Editor Stephen Smith: 

Please join us in welcoming Laura Meckler to The Post as our new national education reporter.

Laura is an accomplished, award-winning journalist who has covered and excelled at several competitive and high-profile beats at the Wall Street Journal and the Associated Press. Most recently, Laura was the immigration policy reporter for the Journal. Among the scoops she generated on that beat was being the first to report the Justice Department was imposing a quota on immigration judges to reduce a backlog of asylum cases.

Laura also covered three presidential campaigns and the first Obama administration from the Journal’s White House bureau. She was lead health policy reporter there and did groundbreaking work on organ donation and transplantation. All of her work shows the depth and humanity displayed in this story about lessons from a youth baseball coach.

As our national education reporter, she will focus on the impact across the country of Education Department policies implemented by Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Laura, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, is the recipient of the Livingston Award and  a Nieman Fellowship.  She lives in Northwest D.C. with her family. Please make her feel welcome when she starts Monday.