Latest from John D. Harden

The pandemic changed the workday, but will transit riders return?

Public transit demand during the pandemic has shifted to neighborhoods with high numbers of Black, Hispanic and lower-income workers, flattening peak travel periods and forcing transit agencies to respond to new patterns, a Washington Post analysis of national data shows.
  • May 17, 2021
  • Local

Plunging case rates spur cautious optimism in D.C. region. But the trauma is far from over.

Experts say the Washington region may be seeing the beginning of the end of the pandemic, with cases, deaths and hospitalizations all declining steadily.
  • May 14, 2021
  • Local

Rural Maryland and Virginia counties were once ahead in vaccinations. Not anymore.

Vaccination rates in large, densely populated counties have eclipsed rates in more rural areas in Maryland and Virginia, and racial disparities are narrower — though they still exist.
  • Apr 30, 2021

The faces of student debt

Nearly 45 million people hold $1.7 trillion in education loans and older people, black students are among the fastest growing group of borrowers.
  • Apr 6, 2021

To protect taxpayer dollars, the Education Dept. is disproportionately auditing Black and Latino college students

A Washington Post analysis of federal data found that the Education Department has disproportionately selected students from majority-Black and Latino neighborhoods to provide further proof that the information on their financial aid application is accurate.
  • Feb 7, 2021
  • Local

900,000 infected. More than 15,000 dead. How the coronavirus tore through D.C., Maryland and Virginia.

From the very first cases of early February to the deluge of December, the coronavirus spread from urban centers to every corner of the region. Here's how it happened.
  • Feb 6, 2021

A steady stream of Latino students was arriving on college campuses. Then the pandemic hit.

The steady stream of Latino students arriving on college campuses in recent years has been a bright spot in higher education, but some worry the pandemic could threaten those gains.
  • Jan 31, 2021

Black moderates fear losing power in D.C. with younger, Whiter electorate

The at-large council race has exposed clashing agendas and divisions over which Washingtonians will benefit.
  • Oct 23, 2020
  • Local

Crime rose unevenly when stay-at-home orders lifted. The racial disparity is the widest in years.

As the upward trajectory of crime continues, the gulf in the rate of violence between Black and White communities has widened significantly in the nation’s largest cities.
  • Oct 9, 2020

D.C. legalized marijuana, but one thing didn’t change: Almost everyone arrested on pot charges is Black

Both before and after legalization, nearly 9 in 10 people arrested are African American, data shows.
  • Sep 15, 2020