Announcement from Local Editor Mike Semel, Deputy Local Editor Monica Norton, and Local Editor Debbi Wilgoren:

We are thrilled to announce that Erin Cox is joining The Post as a politics and government reporter in our bureau in Annapolis.

Erin has been the statehouse bureau chief of the Baltimore Sun since 2012, breaking news and producing lively and compelling journalism that has helped illuminate Maryland’s unique brand of politics. Erin was one of the first reporters to recognize the appeal of little-known Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Hogan before his stunning upset four years ago. Erin’s subsequent coverage of Hogan’s battle with cancer was both compassionate and analytical.

She also broke the news about then-Attorney General Doug Gansler’s appearance at an underage drinking party of Landon School graduates that included his son — work that derailed Gansler’s political aspirations.

Erin will join Ovetta Wiggins in the statehouse as Hogan seeks re-election against Democratic nominee Ben Jealous. Erin’s sourcing and experience will help ensure that we have the best and most complete coverage of the crucial race involving an enormously popular Republican governor in a deep blue state

Erin’s educational background also is compelling: She has earned degrees in both journalism and molecular, cellular and developmental biology and biochemistry at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Erin worked at the Capital Gazette in Annapolis before she began at the Sun. She has been helping out at the paper in the difficult weeks since the shooting that claimed the lives of five of its employees. She worked before that at the Orlando Sentinel, where she met her husband, Post sports writer Rick Maese. They live in D.C.

Erin starts Monday. Please join us in welcoming her.