Petula Dvorak

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


Renaming schools and pulling down statues would whitewash the history of the Civil War.

  • Jun 25, 2015

Ivy League insanity leads to an elaborate ruse by a Thomas Jefferson High School student.

  • Jun 22, 2015

Jay Briseno wanted to devote his life to the military. After he was wounded, his dad devoted himself to the son.

  • Jun 18, 2015

Capt. Katie Higgins is modest about breaking gender barriers. But she still hears surprising attitudes from girls.

  • Jun 16, 2015

Female buyers are said to be a hot thing in the weapons market. Dealers at a Va. gun show catered accordingly.

  • Jun 8, 2015

What’s the point of being humiliated, poked and prodded at airports if it doesn’t make us safer?

  • Jun 4, 2015

Ji’Aire Lee’s death came just 11 days after a custody agreement that left the child with his troubled mother.

  • Jun 1, 2015

The missing girl’s name wasn’t mentioned, but her fate was surely on the minds of city leaders this week.

  • May 28, 2015

Yasmine Arrington’s ex-convict father is inspired by what she’s accomplished against the odds.

  • May 25, 2015

This just in for Easter: Post columnist delivers a golden egg of a tale about how a children’s book has inspired women to be bold.

  • Apr 3, 2015
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Petula is a columnist for The Washington Post's local team who writes about homeless shelters, gun control, high heels, high school choirs, the politics of parenting, jails, abortion clinics, mayors, modern families, strip clubs and gas prices, among other things. Before coming to The Post, she covered social issues, crime, and courts in New Orleans, New Jersey and Los Angeles. She lives in D.C., is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the mother of two boys.
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