WaPo Education Reporter Goes Back to School

In January, Nelson Hernandez will leave his post in Education at WaPo to join the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, where he will earn a master’s degree in U.S. national security policy.

Hernandez has been with WaPo since 1998. Memo after the jump.

We are sad to report that the remarkably energetic and versatile Nelson Hernandez is leaving to pursue graduate studies at Georgetown University. Nelson first joined the Post in 1998 as a copy editing intern while still a student at St. John’s College. He copy edited for Foreign before beginning his long, successful run on the staff formerly known as Metro, stopping off in Annapolis, Frederick and Howard County while impressing his editors with a rare ability to appreciate both ancient Greek and gangsta rap. Along the way, he did a stint in Baghdad, played a key role in the investigation of the anthrax attack and pitched in on a remarkable range of breaking news while never failing to call his colleagues, no matter their age, “Sir.”

Nelson left a particular mark on the Prince George’s County schools beat, which this year grew into the Maryland Schools beat under a reorganization of Education coverage. As the geographic range of his responsibilities more than doubled in recent months and swine flu mania took hold, Nelson crisscrossed the D.C. suburbs with ever more speed and determination. For this, we will always be grateful. His join the Security Studies Program at Georgetown University, where he will be earning a master’s degree in U.S. national security policy.

Craig and Emilio

December 21, 2009