Ariana Eunjung Cha

Washington, D.C.

National reporter

Education: Columbia University

Ariana Eunjung Cha is a national reporter. She has previously served as The Washington Post's bureau chief in Beijing, Shanghai and San Francisco, a correspondent in Baghdad and as a tech reporter based in Washington. Before becoming a journalist, Ariana worked as a programmer analyst on Wall Street. She has a degree in computer science from Columbia University.
Latest from Ariana Eunjung Cha

Their child’s obesity drug was working. Then their plan refused to pay.

Youth obesity is an epidemic, but few insurers will cover drugs costing more than $1,300 a month for adolescents.

March 26, 2023

‘Our state is at war with our family’: Clergy with trans kids fight back

They say their children’s lives and religious liberty are threatened by bills proposed in Missouri and elsewhere.

February 28, 2023

HIV at center of latest culture war after Tennessee rejects federal funds

The red-state pushback reflects growing tensions over federal priorities over public health issues.

January 26, 2023

What you need to know about the new childhood obesity guidelines

Aggressive treatment, including medication for kids as young as 12, and surgery for those as young as 13, is now recommended.

January 20, 2023

Aggressive treatment guidelines for childhood obesity getting backlash

But experts say that the old approach of “watchful waiting” often failed and that many children developed lifelong health issues.

January 20, 2023

Strep A: What to know about the usually mild infection tied to at least two U.S. pediatric deaths

Group A strep symptoms are usually mild, but several child deaths in the United States and Europe have resulted from an invasive form of the bacterial infection.

December 23, 2022

First came a viral storm. Now, we have puzzling superinfections.

Rare bacterial infections, such as invasive strep A, are popping up around the United States and Europe, with unusual effects for children.

December 21, 2022

Officials of both parties warn U.S. is ill-prepared for lifting of border restrictions

A Trump-era immigration policy that allowed agents to expel migrants is about to end. That is expected to result in a huge migrant influx and more headaches for U.S. cities along the border.

December 18, 2022

How a viral siege is making some people sick for weeks, even months

It’s like ‘a big bomb of viruses went off,' says a pediatrician treating kids with flu, RSV, strep and covid.

December 15, 2022

Covid becomes plague of elderly, reviving debate over ‘acceptable loss’

Nearly 9 out of 10 deaths are now in people 65 or older, the highest rate since the pandemic began.

November 30, 2022