Joel Achenbach

ReporterWashington, D.C.


No one scheduled this crisis but Obama can’t just go back to the golf course.

  • Aug 19, 2014

Remembering the day the British came to town uninvited.

  • Aug 15, 2014

In era of “commercial” space work, Virginia’s port is taking a star turn

  • Aug 15, 2014

What would the next President Clinton do about Iraq?

  • Aug 11, 2014

Charismatic microfauna incites hysteria.

  • Aug 5, 2014

Life in the House O’ Microbes

  • Aug 4, 2014

The CDC and State Dept. emphasize that safety measures are in place, and that the public need not worry.

  • Aug 2, 2014

It is the “largest, most complex outbreak that we know of in history,” CDC director Tom Frieden says.

  • Jul 31, 2014

Reflections on the Warhol Museum

  • Jul 29, 2014

Given a choice between saving an endangered species and eating, people choose dinner.

  • Jul 24, 2014
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Joel Achenbach writes on science and politics for the Post's national desk. He has been a staff writer for The Washington Post since 1990, started the newsroom’s first online column, "Rough Draft," in 1999, and started’s first blog, Achenblog, in 2005.

He has been a regular contributor to National Geographic since 1998, writing on such topics as dinosaurs, particle physics, earthquakes, extraterrestrial life, megafauna extinction and the electrical grid. A 1982 graduate of Princeton University, he has taught journalism at Princeton and Georgetown University.

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