USA TODAY NETWORK announced┬áthat journalist Robin Amer is joining the NETWORK as a driving voice in its innovative podcasting lineup. The NETWORK will debut Amer’s longform podcast, The City, in 2018, expanding its portfolio of more than 60 podcasts covering topics from music and politics to sports and comedy.

Furthering the company’s commitment to its local-to-national network, Amer’s inaugural podcast, The City, explores different American metropolises, using news stories as a vehicle to examine each city’s power structure, revealing how our communities really work behind the scenes. Amer will work with NETWORK journalists across America to explore how our cities live and thrive.

Amer is an award-winning reporter with more than 10 years of professional experience in broadcast, print, and digital media. Most recently, she held the position of deputy news editor at Chicago Reader.

She has received two national awards from the Sidney Hillman Foundations and her contributions helped the podcast Gravy win the 2015 James Beard Award for best podcast. As an investigative reporting fellow for Northewestern’s Medill Watchdog, Amer also contributed to a year-long collaboration with The Chicago Tribune that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize.

Amer’s groundbreaking podcast, The City, is coming to USA TODAY NETWORK as the winner of WNYC’s 2015 Podcast Accelerator competition.