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,
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Martin Luther King Jr.’s words on voting rights resonate all too well today

His 1957 “Give Us the Ballot” speech in D.C. precisely defined the challenge that remains before us.

January 14, 2022

Desmond Tutu’s vision of peace and reconciliation knew no bounds, but Alan Dershowitz dissents

Critics such as Alan Dershowitz notwithstanding, the late Nobel laureate's lived principles also form the basis for a just solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

January 7, 2022

The truth in 2022 is our strongest weapon against the lies that fed the insurrection

A year ago, our democracy was pushed to the brink. We need to know how it happened and who was involved.

December 31, 2021

The promise of Christmas includes work still to be done

The holiday of peace and goodwill arrives with disease and strife at hand. So it has always been.

December 23, 2021

Sure, it’s the guns that kill — but a lot of people lend them a hand

Lethal weapons don't end up near 23-month-old children on their own.

December 17, 2021

The enduring power of an independent voice

Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt's legacy lives on in dedication to the public interest.

December 10, 2021

Where will Democratic infighting lead? History’s answer is clear.

The assault on 'Roe v. Wade' portends worse to come if Democrats fail to offer voters a united vision.

December 3, 2021

D.C.’s homicide crisis isn’t just about guns. It’s about why people are willing to kill.

The nation's capital has tough gun laws. What needs to be addressed is the source of the rage.

November 26, 2021

The right to decency does not end at the jailhouse door

"Systemic failures" at the D.C. jail have deep roots.

November 19, 2021

This GOP-targeted book is not the problem. Ignorance and fear are.

Yes, "Gender Queer" contains some explicit drawings. But the empathy and understanding at the heart of the story are what matters most.

November 16, 2021