Fenit Nirappil covers D.C. government and politics for The Washington Post's local politics team, which he has been on since 2015. Before moving to the D.C. beat in 2018, Fenit was part of a team of reporters covering the governor's race and other elections in Virginia. He has written a stories across the Washington region spanning breaking news, campaigns and government accountability. His coverage of numerous controversies and conflicts of interest in the creation of Maryland's medical marijuana program resulted in a lawmaker being sanctioned and changes to state ethics laws. In the District, he unearthed the dubious credentials of the mayor's newly appointed head of St. Elizabeths Hospital, leading to his abrupt departure, and gaps in the city's approach to inspecting housing conditions, leading to the mayor ordering policy changes. He is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He first joined The Post as a reporting fellow with American University's graduate School of Communications.