The Post and Courier has hired Jeremy Borden and Cynthia Roldan to fill two positions in our expanded Columbia bureau.

Together they will cover the Legislature, politics and the state agencies that impact South Carolinians every day. The two also will blog daily at palmettopolitics.com.

Jeremy Borden comes to the newspaper from The Washington Post, where he covered Hurricane Sandy, the National Spelling Bee, and all manner of local politics and crime in Northern Virginia.

He grew up near Chicago but moved to Charlotte for high school and claims both places as home.

Borden has previously worked for The Daily Progress in Charlottesville, Va., The Roanoke Times and The Charlotte Observer. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master's degree from American University.

Cynthia Roldan previously covered city government in Fort Myers, Fla., for The News-Press, and crime in West Palm Beach, Fla., for The Palm Beach Post.

Cynthia shared a national award with two of her colleagues at the Post, for their coverage of the deaths of two children whose bodies were retrieved from a canal in Florida.

She has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of South Florida.

Borden and Roldan will report to South Editor Melanie Balog.