Robert McCartney

ColumnistWashington, D.C.


They crowd sidewalks, block streets and don’t know how to ride the Metro, but they bring D.C. big bucks.

  • Jul 4, 2015

Long a light-rail skeptic, Maryland’s new governor became convinced the Purple Line was worth it.

  • Jun 27, 2015

He is willing to build the light-rail project if Montgomery and Prince George’s pick up more of the cost.

  • Jun 25, 2015

If the Maryland GOP governor killed the light-rail project, Democrats would tar him as knee-jerk conservative.

  • Jun 13, 2015

Secretary Pete K. Rahn reportedly has recommended that the governor move forward with the project.

  • Jun 10, 2015

The city’s troubles hamper the former mayor’s pitch as the Democrat who is most ready to solve urban problems.

  • May 29, 2015

  • 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
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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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