Casey Parks is a reporter on The Washington Post's social issues team. Previously, she was a staff reporter at the Oregonian, where she wrote about race and LGBTQ issues. Her story “The Pact,” about two Tongan teenagers torn between playing college football and serving a Mormon missionary service, was a finalist for the Livingston Award. “About a Boy,” her three-part series about a transgender teenager in Washington State, was included in The 2018 Mayborn Best American Newspaper Narratives. She was a Spencer Fellow in education reporting at Columbia University, and her articles about education and the South have appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, Oxford American, ESPN, USA Today, and the Nation. Parks’s stories have won the Deadline Club Award, Front Page Award, National Headliner Award, and multiple Society for Features Journalism awards. In 2006, she won the inaugural "Win a Trip With Nick Kristof" contest at The New York Times. Her book, Diary of a Misfit, won the J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award and will be published by Knopf in 2022. She grew up in north Louisiana.