Emily Wax-Thibodeaux
Staff Writer

Emily Wax-Thibodeaux is a National staff writer, whose mission is to put a human face on the people and policies of the federal government around the country and chronicle the tales of its rich and varied culture.

Emily comes to National after more than two years in Style, where she wrote an award winning feature story on foreign royals who now call the Washington suburbs home, along with the human toll of whistleblowing, and a father-daughter dance at a jail, among many other subjects.

Emily was also a foreign correspondent for nearly 10 years, who has covered over 40 countries from the civil war in Liberia to the first democratic elections in the Kingdom of Bhutan. She was India bureau chief from 2007 to 2011and provided Post readers with award-winning coverage of the terrorist attacks on Mumbai and the Sri Lankan civil war.

She served as the Africa bureau chief from 2002 to 2006 and won the 2004 Medill Medal for Courage in Journalism for her coverage of the war in Sudan’s Darfur region.

Her stories on serial rape as a weapon of war in Congo prompted a special hospital wing to be opened in eastern Congo, and her narratives about the children of AIDS parents led readers to fund the establishment of an orphanage in Kenya. A foundation - Girls Gotta Run - was inspired by her stories about girl runners in Ethiopia.

She came to the paper in 1999 and covered crime and education and won several feature writing awards for her coverage immigrants in America’s public school system.

Latest by Emily Wax-Thibodeaux

Senate committee backs measure to allow VA to recommend medical pot

Senate committee backs measure to allow VA to recommend medical pot

Lawmaker says that veterans should be given the same options as those visiting non-Veterans Affairs facilities.

What Veterans Affairs won’t pay for: Chance for the wounded to have kids

What Veterans Affairs won’t pay for: Chance for the wounded to have kids

Congress prohibited the VA from covering the fertility procedure 23 years ago over fears that some fertilized embryos might be discarded. But now efforts are underway to overturn that ban.

Money and time are running out for VA’s Denver hospital

Money and time are running out for VA’s Denver hospital

Senate is expected to vote on lifting spending cap by $100 million, but that only buys three weeks more for project that is already $1 billion over budget.

Senate panel backs allowing vets to ask about medical pot for PTSD

Senate panel backs allowing vets to ask about medical pot for PTSD

A Senate panel supports a proposal that would allow VA to recommend medical marijuana for everything from back pain to depression to flashbacks.