Jenna Portnoy

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering healthcare in Virginia, Maryland and D.C.

Education: University of Delaware, BA in English

Jenna Portnoy is the local health-care reporter for The Washington Post. She previously covered members of Congress from the greater Washington region and worked in the Richmond bureau, where she wrote about the governor and the legislature. Before joining The Post, she worked for the Newark Star-Ledger in her home state, covering then-governor Chris Christie, as well as the Allentown Morning Call, Doylestown Intelligencer, Philadelphia City Paper and Easton Express-Times. She has been a newspaper reporter since 2001.
Latest from Jenna Portnoy

    How to get a monkeypox vaccine in the D.C. region

    The District has recorded more monkeypox cases per capita than any state, and launched a vaccination effort targeting the at-risk community.

    August 15, 2022

    D.C. expands monkeypox vaccine eligibility to counter falling demand

    The city loosened the residency requirement and expanded those eligible to receive the monkeypox vaccine in a bid to get more people protected from the disease.

    August 12, 2022

    Alexandria sent emails in error to those eligible for monkeypox vaccine

    The emails, which came from a computer glitch, mistakenly told eligible people that they weren't eligible to get the vaccination.

    August 10, 2022

    D.C. reports monkeypox cases among homeless, expands vaccine program

    D.C. officials encouraged residents at risk for monkeypox to pre-register for vaccine appointments, but access and privacy concerns have been issues.

    August 4, 2022

    D.C.-area health officials urge precautions as coronavirus cases rise

    Most counties and cities in the region reported a medium level of community spread of the coronavirus this week, according to the CDC's tracker.

    July 30, 2022

    D.C. shifts monkeypox vaccine policy to focus on first dose

    Other jurisdictions already have shifted to prioritize first doses, including New York and San Francisco, as well as the United Kingdom and Canada.

    July 26, 2022

    With key races undecided, Md. begins counting mail-in ballots

    The ballot count is projected to take weeks, as results of Democratic primaries for governor, Montgomery County executive and a host of down-ballot races hang in the balance.

    July 21, 2022

    Lierman projected winner in Democratic primary for Md. comptroller

    Maryland Del. Brooke E. Lierman (D-Baltimore City), a civil rights and disability lawyer, was the projected winner of the Democratic primary for state comptroller, according to the Associated Press. She bested Bowie Mayor Tim Adams for the nomination.

    July 20, 2022

    D.C. leads the nation in monkeypox cases per capita

    As of Friday, there were at least 122 positive cases in D.C., 44 in Virginia and 37 in Maryland, health departments have reported.

    July 18, 2022

    Democratic nominee for Maryland comptroller is poised to make history

    The Democratic primary contest to replace outgoing State Comptroller Peter Franchot pits a state lawmaker against a business owner. The winner will face Republican Barry Glassman, the Harford County Executive, in the general election.

    July 7, 2022