Robert McCartney

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


  • May 14, 2015

In Baltimore, New York and Washington, police have already backed away from “zero tolerance.”

  • May 2, 2015

Both sides staked out tough positions in budget negotiations, but each fell short on important goals.

  • Apr 14, 2015

The new GOP governor reframes the debate on spending and taxes, though the impact so far is modest.

  • Apr 9, 2015

New leader will have to fix finances, safety problems before governments invest in expansion,officials say.

  • Apr 5, 2015

A Maryland Senate panel kills one measure and waters down others, including one on state gas tax hikes.

  • Mar 27, 2015

REGIONAL MEMO | The U.S. attorney drew praise for reducing sleaze in D.C. politics, but legacy may rest on probe’s outcome.

  • Mar 24, 2015

Board members differ on the type of leader needed amid more turmoil for the embattled transit agency.

  • Mar 12, 2015

Board members differ on the type of leader needed, as D.C. pushes to replace a representative.

  • Mar 12, 2015

REGIONAL MEMO | Officials want a thorough cultural change for the transit agency, but reform is difficult.

  • Mar 7, 2015
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Robert McCartney is The Post’s senior regional correspondent, covering politics and policy in the greater Washington, D.C. He also does a Friday radio analysis on local issues on WAMU (88.5 FM), and has been a regular guest on local television stations WTTG Fox 5 and News Channel 8.

Previously, McCartney wrote a twice-weekly Metro column from 2009 to February 2015, and was The Post’s top Metro editor from 2005 to 2009. In the latter job, he supervised coverage of the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings, for which the staff received the Pulitzer Prize for Breaking News Reporting.

Since joining The Post in 1982, McCartney has held a wide variety of jobs including Foreign Editor, national security editor, foreign correspondent in Mexico and Germany, and Managing Editor of The International Herald Tribune in Paris. As a reporter, McCartney covered the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, and civil wars in El Salvador and Nicaragua in the mid-1980s.
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