The Washington Post today announced Jonetta Rose Barras will join The Post’s Opinion Pages as a local columnist. Barras will write about issues impacting D.C. area residents, with an emphasis on local politics and government.

“Jonetta Rose is one of the most incisive, best informed, fearless and engaging observers of life and politics in the District,” said Fred Hiatt, Editorial Page Editor at The Washington Post. “I’m delighted that Post readers will get the benefit of her wisdom.”

Barras’ column will appear online Friday mornings and be featured monthly in Sunday’s Metro section.

An award-winning journalist and author with more than 20 years’ experience reporting and commenting on social, political, and cultural trends, Barras was recently a columnist for The Washington Examiner. She is also the author of Bridges: Reuniting Daughters and Daddies, the Blackboard bestseller Whatever Happened to Daddy’s Little Girl: The Impact of Fatherlessness on Black Women, among other titles. She has appeared on CBS 60 Minutes, CNN, Fox News, NPR, and PBS as well as local stations WUSA, NBC4 and WHUT and currently lives in Washington, D.C.

Barras’ first column in The Washington Post will be available Friday, June 14 at