Ellen McCarthy

Washington, D.C.

Feature reporter

Education: State University of New York at Albany, B.A. in English

Ellen McCarthy began her career at The Washington Post in 2001, covering local technology companies for the Business section. For several years she wrote The Download, a weekly column about the D.C. tech scene. In 2006, she moved to the Weekend section to cover arts and entertainment. From 2009 to 2013, she anchored the Style section’s On Love page, writing extensively about weddings, love and relationships. Today she writes feature stories and profiles for Style.
Latest from Ellen McCarthy

Chris Murphy’s gun-control crusade has arrived back where it began

Ten years after Sandy Hook, the senator is once again trying for new gun laws after a school massacre. Will this time be different?

June 3, 2022

A generation of LGBTQ advocates hopes the clock isn’t ticking backward

They hoped the long battle for mainstream acceptance was nearing an end. Then came the so-called “Don’t Say Gay” bills and the “groomer” rhetoric.

May 20, 2022

Meet the parents who refuse to give their kids smartphones

The vast majority of teens and tweens today have smartphones. These parents said no.

May 9, 2022

MacArthur will give 25 new fellows $625,000 each to pursue ‘high-risk, high-reward’ work

Author Ibram X. Kendi, poet Reginald Dwayne Betts and virologist Trevor Bedford are among the 2021 MacArthur “geniuses.”

September 28, 2021

Kids are finally back at school. Parents are trying to reclaim their sanity.

The chaotic days of Zoom kindergarten and work-from-home are largely over — but some parents are still holding their breath about their unvaccinated kids.

September 23, 2021

The summer before 9/11

Freewheeling. Foreboding. Then came the fall.

September 3, 2021

The 13 U.S. service members killed in the Kabul airport attack

The U.S. toll from the terrorist attack at the Kabul airport has come into sharper focus as the identities of 13 killed U.S. service members begin to emerge.

August 29, 2021

#MeToo raised awareness about sexual misconduct. Has it curbed bad behavior?

Some men might not have gotten the message. But now, it might cost them.

August 14, 2021

Many parents still haven’t gotten their adolescent kids vaccinated. What are they waiting for?

It’s not just anti-vaxxers and covid deniers who are hesitant to take their teenagers to the vaccination clinic.

August 2, 2021

In Official Washington, Chasten Buttigieg is a stranger in a (very) strange land

Pete Buttigieg knows exactly what he’s doing here. His husband, Chasten, is still trying to figure it out.

July 26, 2021