Spencer S. Hsu
Staff Writer

Spencer Hsu is an investigative reporter for The Washington Post. From 2005 to 2010, he was the Post’s homeland security correspondent, covering the Department of Homeland Security when Hurricane Katrina struck the Gulf coast in August 2005. Hsu has reported on Washington’s immigration debate, focusing on border security and immigration enforcement. He also covered the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks in Washington, including the 2001 anthrax mailings and Senate ricin attack, the capital’s air defenses, and systems to detect weapons of mass destruction.

Before his domestic security assignment, Hsu covered Washington-area members of Congress and the emergence of the District of Columbia from a federal control board after the city’s mid-1990s financial meltdown. He joined The Washington Post in 1993, covering politics and reporting from Virginia and its Richmond statehouse bureau.

Hsu has worked for the Salt Lake Tribune, Los Angeles Times and Miami Herald. He is married to Lori Aratani and lives in Washington.

Latest by Spencer S. Hsu

Jonathan Pollard, spy for Israel, to be paroled in November

Jonathan Pollard, spy for Israel, to be paroled in November

The former Navy intelligence analyst, now 60, is eligible for release 30 years after his arrest.

Guatemalan leader of Zetas drug cartel extradited to Washington to face trial

Guatemalan leader of Zetas drug cartel extradited to Washington to face trial

Jairo Orellana Morales, 41, is latest U.S.-designated “kingpin” charged in federal indictment.

Man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol rejects 10-month deal

Man who landed gyrocopter at Capitol rejects 10-month deal

Douglas Hughes, who was protesting campaign finance laws, asked the judge for permission to raise money.

European man extradited to D.C. to face charges of funding terrorism

U.S. charges Irfan Demirtas with supporting Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, fighting in Afghanistan