Chris L. Jenkins

Chris L. Jenkins is editor of The RootDC, The Washington Post’s micro-site that focuses on news for and about African Americans in the D.C region. He came to The Post in 2000, where he covered local politics, development and the emerging Hispanic community in Prince William County. In 2004, Chris moved to the Post’s Richmond bureau and as a political reporter covered the Virginia statehouse, state social policy issues and the 2005 Virginia gubernatorial campaign. In 2007, Chris contributed to the Post’s coverage of the Virginia Tech shooting massacre, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news. As a regional social policy reporter, his stories on the Virginia mental health system sparked changes to state law; he was also one of the lead reporters on the paper’s coverage of the early impacts of the Great Recession. Discussing his Post reporting, Chris has been on numerous news broadcasts including WAMU, WCVE and NPR. A native New Yorker, he lives in Northwest Washington.