An email from Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli and Visuals Editor David Griffin to Post staff breaks the news:

It's with regret that we announce that Hannah Fairfield, Director of Graphics, is leaving us to assume a new role at The New York Times.

In her time with us she has led the graphics staff to new heights of excellence in print and online, with particularly robust interactive visualizations. There are far too many notable graphics to give a full accounting (the Japan earthquake, Congressional investigations, Occupy DC, census coverages, motion graphic explainers, Bin Laden's capture, political projects, including interactives on primary results and candidate ad spending), but what was constant to all the offerings, big and small, was Hannah's unrelenting eye for the kind of precise detail which keeps The Post at the very top of the game with information graphics and cartography.

Her staff has been recognized by many professional accolades, is extremely well regarded in the industry, and most importantly has greatly helped to visualize complex concepts for our readers.

In her new role with the Times, Hannah will be Senior graphics editor who produces, edits and manages visualization projects for science and manages large enterprise series across the newsroom. She will remain in the DC area.

She will be with us through May. Karen Yourish and Laris Karklis will keep the department running as we conduct the search for a replacement.

We wish Hannah the very best of luck. Her journalistic skills will be missed.

Marcus David