Dana Hedgpeth

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering local breaking news

Education: University of Maryland at College Park

Dana Hedgpeth is The Washington Post’s local reporter on early-morning breaking news. From traffic jams to Metro problems, overnight mayhem and other quirky news, she’s the early bird in the newsroom. Dana joined The Post in 1999 and has spent more than a decade covering the D.C. area’s Metrorail and bus systems, local government, courts, and federal and military spending, plus the defense, commercial real estate and manufacturing industries. Dana is an American Indian and a member of the Haliwa-Saponi tribe in North Carolina.
Latest from Dana Hedgpeth

Beltway’s inner loop in Northern Virginia reopens

Officials did not say when the highway would reopen, and drivers were advised to avoid the area.

January 27, 2022

How the East Coast’s busiest highway unraveled: 36 hours of confusion and misery on I-95

The I-95 backup brought widespread misery to travelers, truckers and a U.S. senator, leaving hundreds of drivers and passengers stranded. The state’s fuzzy grasp of the situation lengthened the suffering.

January 27, 2022

Three people killed in crash in Southern Maryland

Officials are investigating a crash in which two vehicles collided head-on.

January 24, 2022

Three separate fires broke out at homes in Maryland

One fire was reported in Montgomery County early Monday, and two others were in Prince George's County on Sunday.

January 24, 2022

No snow, just rain hit D.C. region, but some schools are closed and others delayed

Forecasters scaled back their snowfall predictions Thursday morning as the rain lasted longer than they had expected.

January 20, 2022

3 pedestrians killed in separate crashes in Montgomery County

Two of the incidents were hit-and-runs, police said.

January 19, 2022

Some area schools are closed or delayed because of weather Tuesday

Public schools in Loudoun and Fauquier counties are closed because of weather, and others are delayed.

January 18, 2022

Fatal house fire in Prince George’s County

Firefighters found smoke coming from the second floor of a house in the Capitol Heights area and discovered one person dead inside.

January 18, 2022

Man fatally shot in Greenbelt, Md.

The shooting occurred just after midnight in the 5800 block of Cherrywood Terrace, police said.

January 14, 2022

Virginia lawmakers try to improve conditions for dogs bred for medical research

Ten bills have been introduced in the state’s General Assembly with the aim of securing the improvements.

January 14, 2022