Erica Werner

Washington, D.C.

Congressional reporter focusing on economic policy

Education: Harvard University, A.B. in Latin American Literature

Erica Werner has worked at The Washington Post since 2017 and is currently based in Southern California. Previously, she covered Congress with a focus on economic policy. Prior to joining the Post, she worked at the Associated Press for more than 17 years, starting in the Los Angeles bureau and going on to cover the White House and Congress.
Latest from Erica Werner

‘Granny flats’ play surprising role in easing California’s housing woes

Largely because of lack of supply, the cost to rent or buy property in California has become prohibitive for many residents.

May 21, 2023

Montana becomes first state to ban TikTok, but court challenges are likely

The law, sure to face a court challenge, imposes fines of $10,000 per day on any mobile app store making the app available, but would not fine individual users.

May 17, 2023

FDA blocks marketing on 6,500 flavored e-cigarette products

The 10 affected companies cannot market or distribute the merchandise in the U.S., and retailers who sell them risk an enforcement action.

May 12, 2023

BMW issues warning, Ford recalls thousands of older vehicles over air bags

BMW this week issued a “Do Not Drive” warning for 90,000 vehicles built from 2000 to 2006. That came after federal regulators last week announced another recall for more than 230,000 Ford Rangers built from 2004 to 2006.

May 5, 2023

More layoffs pile up, shaking labor market that has proved resilient

The layoffs come on the heels of new rounds of job cuts at Facebook’s parent company Meta and at Whole Foods

April 21, 2023

California needs more homes. So why are these sitting vacant?

Blocks from homeless communities, dozens of homes owned by the state highway authority are trapped in legal limbo and red tape

April 20, 2023

Montana lawmakers pass first-in-the-nation TikTok ban

Montana’s legislature gave final approval on Friday to the nation’s first complete ban on TikTok operating in a state, sending a bill to the governor that would forbid sales of the app and bar it from operating in Montana.

April 14, 2023

Calif. pauses mortgage aid program in less than two weeks because of demand

State officials thought funding would last months for a home-buying program to provide qualified applicants with money for 20 percent down payments.

April 7, 2023

Work from home has downtowns empty. A solution? Live in a former office.

SF is one of several cities trying to revitalize their downtowns by turning abandoned offices into homes, a nice idea that is tricky in practice.

March 27, 2023

Hundreds of banks would be vulnerable in SVB-style runs, researchers say

Economists at Stanford, University of Southern California, Columbia and Northwestern found that because of rising interest rates hurting the value of certain assets such as bonds, U.S. banks hold $2 trillion less in assets than they appear to have on paper.

March 24, 2023