John Kelly

Washington, D.C.

Local columnist

Education: University of Maryland, BA in English

John Kelly writes John Kelly's Washington, a daily look at Washington's less-famous side. Born in Washington, John started at The Post in 1989 as deputy editor in the Weekend section. Since then, he has edited Weekend, founded KidsPost and been a general assignment reporter in Metro, and he has done journalism fellowships at Harvard and Oxford.
Latest from John Kelly

This future lawyer really sank his teeth into his part in ‘Jaws’

If you've seen "Jaws" — and who hasn't? — you'll remember this guy.

December 7, 2022

Friendship Place helped a survivor of abuse turn her life around

“Whoever would have thought I would make it this far?”

December 6, 2022

For unhoused people, Esther Ford provides a new lease on life

"She's been my angel and my blessing."

December 5, 2022

Racking up some unusual nicknames at local pool halls

The best nicknames are clever, memorable and probably require an explanation.

December 4, 2022

For whom the road tolls: The story behind the Dulles Toll Road’s name

Two Virginia legislators fought to get the road built. In 1991 it was named after them.

December 3, 2022

Not all about the bass: D.C. music veteran Johnny Castle is ‘retiring’

“I’ve been beating on the basses so long, they’re beating back."

November 30, 2022

When his wife was sick, this D.C. man turned to Bread for the City

"There’s nothing that they won’t do for us — for all of us.”

November 29, 2022

Bridge housing can be the link between homelessness and a home

When a person experiencing homelessness leaves the streets, the streets don’t magically leave the person.

November 28, 2022

Moniker business: More first-rate tales of unusual first names

Characters from novels provide naming inspiration.

November 27, 2022

A loud super-fan: Remembering ‘the Howling Marine’ of Griffith Stadium

In the 1940s, Bruce McAllister was banned from at least two major league ballparks.

November 26, 2022