Petula Dvorak

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


E-mails to Santa Claus are shoving aside letters scrawled on paper by hopeful children.

  • Dec 18, 2014

Del. Joseph D. Morrissey needs to take pity on Virginia voters and resign.

  • Dec 15, 2014

At a girls-only coding hour, middle schoolers discover “geeky” is cool.

  • Dec 11, 2014

We needed to hear about an alleged gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity to pay attention, but we shouldn’t wait for drama to care.

  • Dec 5, 2014

Years ago, he gave them jobs. On Thursday, they were there early at the Wilson Building to give their gratitude.

  • Dec 4, 2014

Here are five organizations working to solve big problems. Even a small donation will help.

  • Dec 1, 2014

Chocolate City has given way to Two Washingtons and worsening disparities.

  • Nov 24, 2014

My dad waited on Bill Cosby and adored him. He’s heartbroken now.

  • Nov 21, 2014

Leaders from both parties paused to honor Czech leader Vaclav Havel, then returned to their bickering.

  • Nov 20, 2014

A trip to Poland, where she traced her cousin’s escape from Nazis, offered new perspective on her patients.

  • Nov 17, 2014
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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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