Ariel Plotnick

Washington, D.C.

Producer, Audio

Education: University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, MA in journalism; Skidmore College, BA in English

Ariel Plotnick is a producer for The Washington Post's audio team. She works on The Post's flagship daily news podcast "Post Reports," where she produces daily stories and long-form features. She also project-manages the show's ambitious long-term projects and often edits the daily podcast. Ariel edited and managed the audio stories that were included in the coverage package on the Capitol riot that won the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for public service. Before joining The Post in 2019, she worked as fill-in producer at WAMU and reported freelance audio stories for NPR and WBUR's "Here and Now."
Latest from Ariel Plotnick

Why Russians have had enough with this war

Russian President Vladimir Putin is doubling down in Ukraine – holding staged referendums in occupied territories and drafting men to the war. Today on “Post Reports,” we’ll talk about how Russians are reacting to the dramatic escalation.

September 23, 2022

Why women are burning hijabs in Iran

The death of Mahsa Amini is igniting protests across Iran — and it’s drawing global attention to Iranians’ anger and frustration with their ultra-conservative leaders.

September 22, 2022

The plot to steal $250 million from hungry children

How a pandemic food program was used to allegedly defraud the government of $250 million.

September 21, 2022

Hurricane Fiona, and the scars of Maria

Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico five years ago. Recovery in many ways had just begun when Fiona hit the island. Today on “Post Reports,” we talk to Arelis R. Hernández about why the recovery has been stymied, and how another storm could complicate it further.

September 20, 2022

Does the world need a British monarchy anymore?

On today’s show, we take you to London for Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral. Plus, the colonial legacy and potential future of the monarchy without her leadership.

September 19, 2022

The Afghans stranded at a luxury resort

For 780 Afghan evacuees stuck at a beachside resort in Albania, the future is unclear. They might never make it to the U.S. All because they took the wrong plane out of Afghanistan.

September 16, 2022

Strike plans derailed — for now

More than 100,000 railroad workers were ready to strike this week in the name of more sick days. Plus, what happens when a man with a pistol shows up outside the home of a congresswoman.

September 15, 2022

Your fall coronavirus booster questions, answered

On today’s show, what you need to know about the updated booster shots and why they matter amid growing pandemic fatigue. Plus, new research on the science of sitting and the pitfalls of being an “active couch potato.”

September 14, 2022

The Jan. 6 committee's unfinished work

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol still has some unfinished business. Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.) joins us to discuss what’s left. Also, the significance of Sheryl Lee Ralph’s first Emmy.

September 13, 2022

Is the tide turning in Ukraine?

Today, what the sudden retreat of Russian forces in key areas of Ukraine means for the future of the war. Plus, how one Ukrainian mayor is holding onto his city in wartime.

September 12, 2022