Derek Hawkins named deputy visual business editor for National

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

We are delighted to announce that Derek Hawkins will join the National Department as Associate Editor of Visual Enterprise, a role in which he will help design and execute high-impact visual and immersive storytelling.

Derek will help craft timely coverage that conveys complex information in a visually compelling and unconventional way, working 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 items that grab readers’ attention, like his recent corgi story. As a GA reporter, Derek has played a key role in our coverage of the pandemic. He started and helped launch our memorial page for the first wave of coronavirus victims, wrote about the administration’s vaccination campaign, overflowing morgues and the overhaul 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 has also worked for Morning Mix and has reported for Metro and Investigative, co-writing a story on 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 is an avid musician, music collector, and 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 will take office on October 3rd.