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

Democrats in ‘independent’ clothing

Democrats in ‘independent’ clothing

D.C. residents are not well served by the entrenchment of one-party rule.

The lame-duck budget

The lame-duck budget

Vincent Gray’s budget seeks to seal his legacy.

Bowser’s work isn’t done

Bowser’s work isn’t done

The general election race for mayor could be hotly contested.

‘Corruption fatigue’ keeps the voters away

‘Corruption fatigue’ keeps the voters away

‘This is the saddest election I’ve seen in a long time.’