Joe Heim

Washington, D.C.

Regional general assignment reporter covering a range of topics including race, politics, history, crime and culture.

Education: University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, master's; Villanova University, BA in English

Joe Heim has been with The Washington Post as an editor and reporter since 1999. He covers social issues, race, politics, protests and the occasional forest fire. Heim was born in Morocco and lived in Kenya and Haiti before moving to the Philadelphia suburbs in the sixth grade. He is a graduate of Villanova University and the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.
Latest from Joe Heim

Oatlands, a historic Virginia home, is at center of bitter legal fight

The historic Oatlands Home and Gardens in Virginia is embroiled in a battle over money and vision for the property.

May 10, 2023

Descendants of enslaved, enslavers gather for reconciliation talks in Va.

Descendants of the enslaved and enslavers tied to the plantation home of George Washington Parke Custis and Robert E. Lee gathered at the grounds.

April 26, 2023

How to deal with the crape myrtle bark scale

For the most part, bark scale doesn’t kill crape myrtle trees, but it does cause problems. Here’s what experts have to say about treatment and prevention.

April 21, 2023

Crape myrtle trees are under attack by a tiny pest. A cure is elusive.

Many crape myrtle trees across the D.C. region are infested by a bug called bark scale, which leaves behind a black fungal infection. A cure is elusive.

April 21, 2023

D.C. reacts to Trump arrest, from ‘Finally’ to ‘It’s a distraction’

In decidedly blue Washington, D.C., the history-making arrest of a former U.S. president was greeted with cheers, suspicion and exhaustion.

April 4, 2023

Bruce Springsteen might stop one day. But for now, it’s no surrender.

Bruce Springsteen led the E Street Band through almost three hours of its patented uplifting, life-affirming rock-and-roll at Washington's Capital One Arena.

March 28, 2023

Irvo Otieno’s last days: How a mental health system ‘completely failed’

Irvo Otieno died after being piled on by deputies and hospital workers in Virginia's Central State Hospital. Ten have been charged with murder in the case.

March 25, 2023

After 81 years, a Virginia military base sheds its Confederate name

Some here say they’ll keep calling it Pickett. Others are fine with moving on. Many say they simply haven’t given it much thought at all.

March 21, 2023

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser wants to fix the summer camp scramble

D.C.'s Department of Parks and Recreation is rolling out a lottery system for its popular summer camps.

March 12, 2023

A proper burial, finally, for a sailor killed at Pearl Harbor

Over 300 people attended the Arlington Cemetery funeral of Herman Schmidt, a 28-year-old killed at Pearl Harbor whose remains were identified in 2021.

February 24, 2023