Erik Wemple
Opinion Blogger

Erik Wemple has been doing journalism for and about Washington for more than two decades. He started out covering export controls, with an emphasis on the Commerce Department’s long-since-renamed Bureau of Export Administration. But then he took a liking to local affairs, which turned into a position as the Loose Lips columnist for the Washington City Paper. Then came a stint covering Washington for a New York-based, media-obsessed product of the Internet bubble (, defunct). After eight years as editor of the City Paper and another year as editor of, he landed at The Washington Post, where he reports and opines on media organizations of all sorts.

Latest by Erik Wemple

St. Louis cartoonist not ‘particularly proud’ of divided arch cartoon

St. Louis cartoonist not ‘particularly proud’ of divided arch cartoon

Yet it is the same concept that’s gaining raves for the New Yorker right this moment.

New Yorker cover high on brilliance. But originality?

Illustrator wanted to ‘comment on the tragic rift’ in the United States. So did another!

NYT responds to criticism about Wilson’s address

How important is such a detail to the news?