DelReal, 26, is from Anchorage, Alaska, Andrew Beaujon reports for the Washingtonian. "In high school, he edited Perfect World, the teen-focused section of the Anchorage Daily News [now the Alaska Dispatch News]. There, he says, he 'saw a lot of layoffs and the sort of slow decline of the newsroom.' The experience made him and his parents, who immigrated from central Mexico, nervous about a career in journalism, but after studying U.S. history and philosophy at Harvard University he took the plunge anyway," joining the Post in 2014.
"DelReal promises 'narrowly focused' stories about people that will help illustrate the themes he’s working toward understanding," Beaujon writes. "During the campaign, he liked to get away from rallies whenever possible and wander the aisles of Walmart, trying to find people who’d talk to him. Many told him to get lost, but enough told him about their lives–what they and their friends did for work, how their towns had changed in the past two decades. He wasn’t collecting quotes for stories, just listening."