Jenna Johnson

Washington, D.C.

National political correspondent

Education: University of Nebraska at Lincoln

Jenna Johnson is a national political correspondent for The Washington Post who writes about the 2020 presidential election with a heavy focus on voters and political movements. She has also covered the White House and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, interviewing thousands of Trump supporters across the country. Jenna started at the Post in 2007 as a summer intern and has since written about crime, county government and local elections, higher education and the Maryland statehouse.
Latest from Jenna Johnson

Emily Oster: Data that parents collect about their babies has limits

“Sometimes our data is very limited or it’s just very difficult to answer questions — or the answer is kind of different for everybody," the author of best-selling parenting books says.

April 8, 2022

As Biden is sworn in, Americans watch with a sense of relief, disbelief

For Democrats, ‘I feel like a huge weight has been lifted.’ For Republicans, ‘I feel like it’s a fraud ... but I want to hear him out.’

January 20, 2021

Americans across the political spectrum fear what the Capitol attack portends

The Trump era is supposed to end Jan. 20. Many say a new dark chapter is beginning.

January 12, 2021

For a divided country, riot at the U.S. Capitol becomes one more flash point

Across the United States, many were horrified. But some found justification for the violence.

January 6, 2021

Two state lawmakers confront a deadly pandemic, a disputed election and a divided, angry America

In Florida and Pennsylvania, lawmakers face anger, dysfunction and growing desperation in a post-Trump America.

December 31, 2020

Biden criticizes Trump’s coronavirus effort, vows extensive federal response

The president-elect said he would increase the production of materials needed for vaccines, as well as ramping up their distribution.

December 29, 2020

Biden accuses Trump appointees of obstructing transition on national security issues

“It’s nothing short, in my view, of irresponsibility,” the president-elect said.

December 28, 2020

Joe Biden calls for shared sacrifice to fight the pandemic as Trump rails about baseless election accusations

The two November combatants offered opposite messages ahead of a Thanksgiving like no other.

November 25, 2020

Amid pandemic and polarization, voters break turnout records in some key states

Americans, many casting ballots for the first time, made their voices heard.

November 4, 2020

Another election night nears, with trepidation replacing hope

Trump opponents who were stunned by his 2016 victory await a second judgment with far less confidence.

November 1, 2020