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

In 1956, the CIA’s photo spies moved into a shabby D.C. office building

Offices above a car dealer and toy store were the site of Cold War intrigue.

May 28, 2022

Remembering Florence Merriam Bailey, the bird woman of Washington

Florence Merriam Bailey's “Birds Through an Opera-Glass” inspired a new way of birding.

May 25, 2022

A consumer report: The founder of Checkbook hangs up his spurs

When Robert Krughoff coudn't get his Opel fixed, he decided there should be a Consumer Reports for services.

May 24, 2022

Addressing a wrong from 1922 at the centennial of the Lincoln Memorial

Robert Russa Moton was censored in 1922 but his descendants sat front row Sunday.

May 23, 2022

Better late than never: Straggler cicadas are emerging from the earth

Billions of cicadas partied last year. A few got the date wrong.

May 22, 2022

Hark, hear the bells? The Netherlands Carillon is back in action.

It’s been silent the last few years while undergoing an extensive renovation.

May 11, 2022

The bricklike Argus C3 camera launched countless photographers

The practically indestructible 35mm film camera still has many fans.

May 10, 2022

Winged victory: Readers stick up for the lowly mourning dove

Readers were quick to defend the mourning dove, a bird with hidden talents.

May 9, 2022

Who can say why some things just rub us the wrong way?

If there's love at first sight, surely there can be hate at first sight, too.

May 8, 2022

Not kidding around: The Toys R Us chain got its start in Washington

Charles Lazarus thought the post-war baby boom would be good for business.

May 7, 2022