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

We ended our Helping Hand charity campaign on the highest of notes

We started this year's Helping Hand campaign not knowing how it would end. The result? Success.

January 17, 2022

Sometimes it seems that everyone on Earth is wearing a NASA T-shirt

The space agency calls its two logos the "Meatball" and the "Worm." They're popping up everywhere.

January 16, 2022

Old-timers may still remember Naylor’s Seafood. And don’t forget Benny Bortnick, the Watermelon King of D.C.

Benny Bortnick was a famed D.C. pro-wrestling referee, a restaurant owner and a produce magnate.

January 15, 2022

In 1915, a U.S. congressman tallied how many women in D.C. read the newspaper, then rejected their right to vote

District women were "beautiful," said Ohio's Stanley Bowdle, "but they are not interested in affairs of state."

January 12, 2022

He fell in love with D.C. R&B as a child and has spent his life tracing every last note

Jay Bruder wants the world to know about the rhythms of D.C.'s R&B music scene.

January 11, 2022

With the right footwear, even the worst D.C. winter is bearable

When the dog needs to be walked, you'd better be sure you've chosen the right cold-weather duds.

January 10, 2022

The night I started seeing sparks in my bed — and more stories from the edge of sleep

Want to see a great show? Keep your eyes open in bed.

January 9, 2022

The name ‘Naylor’ is attached to a lot of things in D.C. Who was he?

Naylor Road snakes through Southeast D.C. Its name comes from a descendant of George Nailor.

January 8, 2022

Bread for the City saved his life. Now he gives back to the D.C. charity.

Bread for the City and Harold Valentine both work to improve life in the Shaw area of D.C.

January 5, 2022

Understanding their LGBTQ clients is important to the people at Friendship Place

“It's about embracing their humanity,” says the CEO of the charity fighting homelessness in the District.

January 4, 2022