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

D.C. photographer goes to great heights to bring statues down to earth

Colin Winterbottom has become a go-to chronicler of the District's interesting old buildings.

February 1, 2023

Northern Virginia’s public libraries and the fight to integrate them

After years of separate and unequal facilities, Black activists fought for integration.

January 31, 2023

Don’t worry, be happy? Easy for you to say.

Can those who were born into wealth and privilege ever be truly happy?

January 29, 2023

A real endangered species: A thief stole a beloved gorilla statue

Murphy had become the mascot of a Kensington antiques store.

January 27, 2023

Post readers provide a hefty gift in the fight against homelessness

Washington Post readers donated more than $260,000 to three local Helping Hand charities: Bread for the City, Friendship Place and Miriam’s Kitchen.

January 11, 2023

A stolen Rolling Stones dulcimer: You can sometimes get what you want

In 1966, the story of Brian Jones's stolen dulcimer gripped D.C.'s teen music scene.

January 10, 2023

Remembering Bill Offutt, who wrote the book on Bethesda’s history

Having lived to 91, Offutt saw a lot of his hometown's history himself.

January 9, 2023

I am obsessed with exploring the possessive apostrophe in ‘Bojangles’

It was originally Bojangle's. Then it was Bojangles'. And now? Bojangles.

January 8, 2023

The ‘Surrender Dorothy’ bridge sports a conspiratorial new message

For nearly 50 years, the bridge near the Mormon temple has been a canvas for pranksters.

January 7, 2023

A special gift for her birthday: A new apartment for someone else

In December alone, Esther Ford from Miriam's Kitchen found apartments for eight people.

January 5, 2023