Alexandra Petri

Washington, D.C.

Columnist offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day

Education: Harvard College, BA in English, Classics Secondary Field

Alexandra Petri is a Washington Post columnist offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day.

Petri is the author of the essay collections "Nothing Is Wrong And Here Is Why" and "A Field Guide to Awkward Silences." She joined The Post as an intern in 2010, after graduating from Harvard College.
Latest from Alexandra Petri

Chat with Alexandra Petri and tell her your jokes

Petri's Q&A with readers starts at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Submit your questions now.

November 29, 2022

Come to think of it, maybe I don’t understand cryptocurrency

You mean the stuff going on at FTX wasn't normal?

November 25, 2022

Why did the turkey cross the road? Alexandra Petri answered your questions.

Petri's Q&A with readers was at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Read the transcript.

November 22, 2022

The 9 best Thanksgiving songs I definitely didn’t just make up

The best Thanksgiving songs with which everyone is familiar and which we didn’t entirely write and record this week!

November 21, 2022

Announcements from Donald Trump that would actually be a surprise

“I read a book,” he announces. “For pleasure.”

November 16, 2022

‘My Last Days With Killer Robot3000,’ by Mike Pence

"No one could see his regret. But I saw it."

November 16, 2022

Are you reading more TV? Alexandra Petri answered your questions.

Petri's Q&A with readers was at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Read the transcript.

November 15, 2022

It’s time to raise the voting age!

Raising the voting age is the only solution to the GOP's problems.

November 12, 2022

Kevin McCarthy’s (slightly revised) red-wave victory speech

It is going to be so nice to have such a small majority, probably!

November 9, 2022

Orange you glad it is Election Day? Alexandra Petri answered your questions.

Petri's Q&A with readers was at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Read the transcript.

November 8, 2022