Dan Zak

Washington, D.C.

Feature writer

Education: American University, BA in literature and journalism

Dan Zak is a reporter for The Washington Post. He has written a wide range of news stories, narratives and profiles while on local, national and foreign assignments. He is the author of "Almighty: Courage, Resistance and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age," a non-fiction book about nuclear weapons and anti-nuclear activism. He joined The Post in 2005.
Latest from Dan Zak

Monkeypox is rousing old fears — and ways gay men care for each other

In a changed world, gay men still remember the anxiety (and lessons) of the darker days of HIV/AIDS.

August 2, 2022

Biden greets MBS, and we once again obsess about a fist bump

The president’s gesture with the Saudi crown prince was ripe for interpretation.

July 15, 2022

Cassidy Hutchinson and the all-knowing presence of Washington’s aides

Cassidy Hutchinson, the former West Wing insider, testified to the latent power of multitasking assistants.

July 1, 2022

Only in America: Enduring one mass shooting while bracing for the next

The grief goes on in the America, where guns outnumber people.

May 27, 2022

The quid pro quos of Gordon D. Sondland

Long after his turn as a key witness at Trump’s first impeachment, the former E.U. ambassador wants another kind of public hearing.

May 6, 2022

Meet the nuke the U.S. keeps in Europe, waiting to not be used

It’s estimated there are 100 of these B61 nuclear bombs there, designed to unify NATO and deter Russia

March 25, 2022

The Oscars always get it wrong. Here are the real best pictures of the past 46 years.

With the perspective of time, we can now now discern what movie was actually the best. So here we go, year by year...

March 22, 2022

Yacht justice: A new front in the war drags Russia’s oligarchs into the spotlight

Moves against certain super-wealthy Russians have emerged as a popular sideshow to an ugly war.

March 12, 2022

Anthony Fauci is up against more than a virus

Two years into the pandemic, the threats and vitriol have not stopped. And the many Americans who still trust him are exhausted.

January 27, 2022