Renae Merle takes on the role of writer for the US office

Announcement from National Editor Matea Gold, Associate National Editor Philip Rucker and US Desk Editor Cathleen Decker:

We are thrilled to announce that Renae Merle will take on a new role as Editor in the US Desk, where she will lead our coverage of race, multiculturalism and identity.

In this role, Renae will lead a team of reporters writing about racial dynamics and rapid social change across the country, as well as oversee About US, a bi-weekly newsletter dedicated to ongoing conversations about race and identity. It will also work with other US publishers to coordinate coverage of major national news events.

Renae joins us from Features, where she was an editor in the style office, working on stories about the first lady, pop culture, politics and relationships.

For 20 years, Renae was a business reporter and editor at the Post, writing about the 2008 housing crash (and landlords struggling to find help), white-collar crime (including the Martin Shkreli) and defense contractors (especially the outsourcing of formerly strictly military jobs to the private sector). For several years in New York covering Wall Street, Renae wrote about short sellers wishing the worst for Tesla and payday lenders plotting to use black churches to shield themselves from criticism. At the start of the pandemic, Renae turned her attention to the plight of unemployed workers struggling to pay their rent and the government’s frustrating efforts to implement the Paycheck Protection Program. She also launched a vertical, Road to Recovery, about the country’s struggle to find its pandemic normal.

Renae is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and earned a master’s degree in journalism and a master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University, where she was a Knight-Bagehot Fellow. If you can’t find her in DC, she’s probably in Texas, which she still calls home.

Please join us in congratulating Renae on her new role, which she will begin on October 2.

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