Emily Langer

Washington, D.C.

Obituary writer

Education: Georgetown University, BA in Italian and English

Emily Langer has been a reporter on The Washington Post’s obituaries desk since 2011. She previously worked for the Outlook and Local Living sections. Before joining The Post in 2007, she was a researcher for “The Almanac of American Politics.” From 2010 to 2011, she was a Fulbright fellow in Trieste, Italy.
Latest from Emily Langer

Who was Rodney King? His 1991 beating by L.A. police roiled America.

The release of body-camera footage of the Memphis police beating of Tyre Nichols recalls the horrifying video of the 1991 beating of Rodney King by Los Angeles police.

January 27, 2023

Lloyd Morrisett, ‘Sesame Street’ co-creator, dies at 93

A Yale-trained psychologist and foundation executive, he was an unseen but central force in the longest-running children’s program on U.S. television.

January 25, 2023

William Consovoy, leading conservative lawyer, dies at 48

He played a key role in ongoing efforts to reshape voting laws and dismantle affirmative action and was also a personal attorney to President Donald Trump.

January 18, 2023

Thomas Hughes, State Department voice against Vietnam War, dies at 97

He later led the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, establishing it as one of the most influential think tanks in Washington.

January 12, 2023

Adolfo Kaminsky, forger who aided thousands of Jews, dies at 97

A member of the French resistance, he clandestinely made identity cards and other papers that meant the difference between life and death during the Holocaust.

January 10, 2023

Russell Banks, novelist of the working class, dies at 82

His novels, among them “Cloudsplitter” and “The Sweet Hereafter,” were among the most celebrated works of fiction in modern-day American letters.

January 9, 2023

John Grazier, penniless artist of striking perspective, dies at 76

He at times lived homeless even as his works were housed at galleries and museums in Washington and beyond.

January 6, 2023

Walter Cunningham, Apollo 7 astronaut, dies at 90

His mission, following the deaths of three astronauts in a launchpad fire, renewed the American space program and helped lead the way to the moon landing.

January 5, 2023

Elayne Jones, pathbreaking timpanist, dies at 94

Barrier-breaking timpanist Elayne Jones’s dispute over tenure at the San Francisco Symphony in the 1970s focused national attention on equality in the arts.

December 23, 2022

Jacob Luitjens, Dutch collaborator during World War II, dies at 103

A fugitive for nearly half a century, he was the last Nazi collaborator imprisoned in the Netherlands for wartime crimes.

December 20, 2022