St. George and Gowen to Cover Family and Suburban Culture

From the Post’s announcement:

    Metro enthusiastically announces that Donna St. George and Annie Gowen will move to beats covering family and suburban culture. They will build and expand on the work done previously by Stephanie McCrummen , probing trends and finding revealing stories about domestic life and the suburban communities where a substantial majority of our readers reside.

    Donna will be based in Rockville and Annie in Fairfax, so we’ll have reporters on these important subjects in Fairfax and Montgomery counties, our two larger jurisdictions. Both will report to Virginia desk assignment editor Patti Davis, in a change that reflects our continuing effort to streamline coordination and improve communication by lowering barriers among desks. Patti oversaw Stephanie’s work and has established herself as an energetic and insightful editor of suburban coverage.

    While Donna and Annie both will explore suburban life and the many answers to the question, “How Do We Live Now?”, they will take different approaches. Donna will specialize in stories about the intersection of family and society, looking at the internal domestic tension of everyday family life in the region. Annie will focus more on stories about how communities and social life are evolving as the population explodes in new developments in the outer suburbs and a dense, more urban environment takes hold in inner jurisdictions.

    Donna is one of the paper’s outstanding enterprise writers, whose specialty is narrative stories with a human focus. She came to The Post in 1998 from the New York Times, where she was a reporter in the Style department, and worked previously as a national correspondent for the Philadelphia Inquirer. For the past five years she has been a Metro projects writer, where her talent was displayed most recently in a string of dramatic tales about American women combat veterans back from Iraq. Previously she has written about the 9/11 Marines and done a series on homicides of pregnant women and new mothers.

    Annie, currently Alexandria-Arlington government reporter, is a versatile reporter with a fine writing touch. She has an especially good capacity to spot interesting trends and developments, such as in her A1 story this fall about the battle for recreation space between established families and new single residents. Annie joined The Post as one of the original reporters for the Southern Maryland Extra in 1997, after freelancing for People Magazine and working a stint for the Washington Times. She later was a GA reporter for The Post in Montgomery County before moving to the Alexandria bureau in 2003.

    Annie and Donna will begin their new beats early in the new year.