Hannah Allam

Washington, D.C.

National security reporter focusing on extremism and domestic terrorism.

Education: University of Oklahoma, BA in mass communications

Hannah Allam writes about extremism, domestic terrorism and national security for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2021 from NPR, where she was on the national security team. As a longtime foreign correspondent for McClatchy, Allam served as bureau chief in Baghdad during the Iraq War and in Cairo during the Arab Spring rebellions. She returned to the United States in 2012 and has reported extensively on U.S. foreign policy, race and religion, and the mainstreaming of extremist ideologies.
Latest from Hannah Allam

‘Welcome to our world’: Muslims see disparities and dangers in Jan. 6 probe

Communities that faced persecution in the “war on terror” say the Jan. 6 investigation highlights inequalities in how Muslim suspects are treated.

November 30, 2021

Rittenhouse acquittal magnifies divisions in a polarized America

The verdict was celebrated on the right, while many on the left expressed fears it would embolden vigilantism.

November 19, 2021

    Warnings of Jan. 6 violence preceded the Capitol riot

    Law enforcement agencies failed to heed mounting warnings of coming violence as Trump propelled his supporters to Washington in a last desperate attempt to overturn the election results.

    October 31, 2021

      What happened on Jan. 6: Trump stands back as rioters breach Capitol

      For 187 harrowing minutes, the president watched his supporters attack the Capitol - and resisted pleas to stop them.

      October 31, 2021

      White supremacists are returning to Charlottesville. But this time, they’re on trial.

      Four years after the deadly rally that awoke the nation to the threat of far-right violence, an unusual civil suit makes its way to a federal court in Virginia.

      October 23, 2021

      Fallout begins for far-right trolls who trusted Epik to keep their identities secret

      The colossal hack of Epik, an Internet-services company popular with the far right, has been called the “mother of all data lodes” for extremism researchers. Some of those named in the data have already lost their jobs.

      September 25, 2021

      Huge hack reveals embarrassing details of who’s behind Proud Boys and other far-right websites

      Epik long has been the favorite Internet company of the far-right, providing domain services to QAnon theorists, Proud Boys and other instigators of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol .

      September 21, 2021

      Who are the Oath Keepers?

      Members of far-right extremist organizations — such as the Oath Keepers, a self-styled militia movement — are being charged by federal prosecutors for their alleged participation in the Jan. 6 riot. But prosecution may not wipe out their ideologies.

      September 20, 2021

      Oath Keepers founder draws scrutiny from federal officials and followers

      The private army that leader Stewart Rhodes boasts of is largely a myth. The real danger, extremism analysts say, is his ability to spread violent far-right propaganda.

      September 17, 2021

      ISIS-K, the group behind the Kabul airport attack, sees both Taliban and the U.S. as enemies

      Terrorism experts say the Islamic State offshoot will try to ramp up attacks with U.S. leaving Afghanistan.

      August 26, 2021