Jonetta Rose Barras
Jonetta Rose Barras
Opinion Writer

Jonetta Rose Barras’s weekly column focuses on local life, government and politics, with an emphasis on the District. With more than 20 years’ experience reporting and commenting for the Washington Examiner, Washington Times, City Paper, WAMU and other outlets, she is a familiar voice in the D.C. region. She is the author of four books: “Bridges: Reuniting Daughters and Daddies” (2005), “Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl: The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women” (2000), “The Last of the Black Emperors: The Hollow Comeback of Marion Barry in the New Age of Black Leaders” (1998) and “The Corner Is No Place for Hiding” (1996). She has appeared as an analyst and commentator on numerous national television and radio programs. In 2001, The Washingtonian listed her as one of the 50 most influential journalists in Washington and her work has been praised by the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association and the Society of Professional Journalists. Barras has lectured widely on the subject of African-American politics and political leaders, social-cultural trends and the importance of family in 21st century societies. She lives in the District.

Latest by Jonetta Rose Barras

Why is the District picking on small businesses?

Why is the District picking on small businesses?

Surprise visits are just one problem for D.C.’s entrepreneurs.

‘Thinking fast and thinking big’

‘Thinking fast and thinking big’

The District’s libraries are about to change — for the better.

Broken families lead to broken communities

Broken families lead to broken communities

Addressing fatherlessness must be part of the solution for young men.

Boundary tweaks won’t fix what ails DCPS

Boundary tweaks won’t fix what ails DCPS

Pushing middle-class families into fewer schools will hurt the District.