Colbert I. King

Washington, D.C.

Columnist covering D.C. issues and politics

Colbert I. “Colby” King writes a column — sometimes about D.C., sometimes about politics — that runs in print on Saturdays. In 2003, he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary “for his against-the-grain columns that speak to people in power with ferocity and wisdom." He is also a regular panelist on ABC’s "Inside Washington" and a regular commentator on WTOP Radio. King joined The Post’s Editorial Board in 1990 and served as deputy editorial page editor from 2000 to 2007. Earlier in his career, he was an executive vice president of Riggs National Bank, U.S. executive director of the World Bank,
Latest from Colbert I. King

D.C. police ‘street justice’ in gun seizures without arrest is no justice at all

News of cops letting gun-toting suspects walk away, minus their guns, is a reminder of why so many residents have a hard time fully trusting the police.

October 2, 2022

Migrants used as political pawns deserve more humanitarian aid

About 10,000 have been sent to D.C., which is facing a public emergency.

September 30, 2022

The two Howard University women on Trump’s trail

The D.C. college prepared Letitia James and Fani Willis for the legal work ahead.

September 23, 2022

Old, new and borrowed — D.C.’s 2022 ballot has it (almost) all covered

Only voters can say whether this election season's choices promise good fortune for their city

September 16, 2022

Curfews in D.C. and Prince George’s may help, but we need to do more

We must get into the homes and the communities — the environments in which troubled youth are being raised.

September 9, 2022

More youth carjackings in D.C.? ‘A disturbing trend’ indeed.

Carjackings are a regular fixture on the D.C. crime scene. So, too, are young lawbreakers.

September 2, 2022

Father’s arrest in toddler’s death raises ongoing D.C. gun issues

Unless you get caught shooting and hitting — or nearly missing — someone, or your gun takes a life, in this town there’s another gun out there waiting for you.

August 26, 2022

Voters tell us who they are by who they vote for

The millions who stand behind Trump and his proxies know full well who he is. That's our real problem.

August 19, 2022

Trump’s display of unheard-of recklessness is no laughing matter

Even if he really declassified the material before leaving office, he had a duty to inform the U.S. intelligence community.

August 16, 2022

Garland should tune out the Trumpists — and follow the law where it leads

Trumpists may weep and wail. Garland need say no more.

August 12, 2022