Ansel came aboard as a news apprentice a while back, after doing work for The Nation, Al Jazeera English, and ABC News, among other outlets. You might have thought he already was a staff writer, and we basically ended up thinking the same thing. Now it's official! Ansel will be covering a lot of stuff, as we all do, but he'll focus on crime, courts, environmental issues, and transportation. If you have hot tips, write him at email@example.com. He's also @ansel on Twitter.