Emily Wax-Thibodeaux

Staff writerWashington, D.C.


The Office of Special Counsel said the Army discriminated against a transgender civilian employee.

  • Oct 23, 2014

With more than 600,000 veterans on opioid painkillers, doctors are trying treatments with fewer side effects.

  • Oct 15, 2014

Husbands want to help with round-the-clock feedings and relieved their wives were using formula.

  • Oct 15, 2014

ESSAY | A new mother finds people judging her for not breast-feeding — but she has a very good reason.

  • Oct 13, 2014

The settlement is the biggest in the agency’s campaign to end discrimination related to maternity leave.

  • Oct 9, 2014

The Grammy award-winning artists have teamed up with the American Legion to raise awareness and support for the needs of military veterans.

  • Oct 3, 2014

The administration is adding $270 million to programs aimed at keeping military veterans off the streets.

  • Oct 2, 2014

At one of the U.S.’s busiest Starbucks, there are background checks. And no names on cups.

  • Sep 27, 2014

Nearly half of all troops returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from chronic pain, more than double the civilian population.

  • Sep 25, 2014

Federal Nurses Week honors more than 100,000 civil servants who work in hundreds of VA clinics, in the military and at other government agencies.

  • Sep 23, 2014
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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.

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.

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