Get breaking news alerts, headlines and more from The Post on Alexa.
Talk to the Post from any Amazon Echo device. Just say, “Alexa, open The Washington Post” to get the latest headlines, listen to national political correspondent James Hohmann analyze the biggest political stories in The Daily 202’s Big Idea or play the weekly Know Your News Quiz.
You can also get the latest breaking news — hands-free. The Washington Post is the first news organization to launch breaking news on the Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show with Alexa notifications. When an important story breaks, your device’s light ring will light up and you can ask “Alexa, what’s my notification?” to hear the news.
To set up breaking news on Alexa, enable notifications for the “Washington Post” skill in your Alexa app or the Amazon skill store.
What is Alexa?
Alexa, Amazon's virtual personal assistant, has been around since 2015 and it keeps getting smarter. It lives inside the company's Echo smart speaker, among other devices, and offers users the ability to dictate commands to the assistant to control products throughout their home, listen to music, and more.
How many breaking news alerts will I get per day?
Expect an alert a few times a day, or whenever there is major breaking news. Alerts expire after one hour so you only ever have the latest breaking news on your device.
How do I turn off breaking news alerts?
Turn off alerts by disabling notifications for the “Washington Post” skill in your Alexa app or Amazon skill store. (You’ll need to use the Amazon account associated with your Echo device.) You can also say, “Alexa, do don’t disturb” to suspend all Alexa notifications temporarily.