Courtland Milloy began writing for newspapers as a high school student in 1967. He learned the craft from his father, who taught journalism and graphic arts, and his mother, who taught typing and shorthand, both at Booker T. Washington High School in Shreveport, La. Milloy came to The Washington Post from the Miami Herald in 1975. He has covered crime and politics in the District during the Marion Barry administration and the transition of Prince George's County, Md., from a mostly rural white D.C. suburb to the wealthiest predominantly black county in the country. He has also written for The Post's Style and Foreign sections and for The Washington Post Magazine. In 1983, he began writing a column, which runs on most Wednesdays.