Derek Hawkins named assistant visual enterprise editor for National at The Washington Post

Derek Hawkins
Derek Hawkins

Announcement from National Editor Matea Gold, Deputy National Editor Philip Rucker and National Visual Enterprise Editor Kainaz Amaria:

We are thrilled to announce that Derek Hawkins will join the National department as assistant visual enterprise editor, a role in which he will help conceive and execute high-impact visual and immersive storytelling.

Derek will help drive timely coverage that conveys complex information in visually compelling and unconventional ways, collaborating with Photo, Video, Graphics, Audio and Design.

Derek comes to National after three years on the General Assignment team, where he was known for his deft reporting and ability to execute pieces that grab reader attention, such as his recent corgi story. As a GA reporter, Derek played a key role in our coverage of the pandemic. He pitched and helped launch our memorial page for the first wave of coronavirus victims, wrote about the administration's vaccination campaign, overflowing morgues and the reshaping of the country after two years. He also spent several months anchoring our coronavirus newsletter, helping our audience navigate the pandemic with vital information.

In 2018, he launched the Cybersecurity 202 newsletter, writing daily dispatches on election security, privacy and hacking. He also worked for Morning Mix and has reported for Metro and Investigative, cowriting a story in the Fatal Force series.

Derek came to The Post as an investigative intern through American University’s Investigative Reporting Workshop in 2015.

Outside of work, he's an avid musician and music collector and a lover of all wildlife, even rats. He lives in the District with his partner, their new baby and two rescue cats named Mack and Hazel.

Please join us in congratulating Derek, who starts his new role on Oct. 3.


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