Joshua Partlow

Washington DC

National and foreign affairs. Former correspondent focusing on Latin America and the Middle East.

Education: Duke University, BA, 2000; Columbia University, MS in journalism, 2002; Columbia University, MA in international relations, 2003

Joshua Partlow is a reporter on the national desk of The Washington Post. He has previously worked as the bureau chief in Mexico City, Kabul, and Rio de Janeiro. He has also been a correspondent in the Post's Baghdad bureau. Partlow joined The Washington Post in 2003 as an intern on the financial desk and later worked for the Metro section covering the Maryland suburbs. He grew up in Olympia, Washington.
Latest from Joshua Partlow

As the Colorado River dries up, states can’t agree on saving water

California did not sign on to a joint proposal for cuts — an impasse that suggests the wrangling over how to conserve the dwindling water supply that serves 40 million people will continue in coming months.

February 1, 2023

Half Moon Bay shooting unmasks poor living conditions for farmworkers

The workers where the accused gunman lived and allegedly killed four were living in squalor, local officials said, a charge disputed by the farm's owner.

January 26, 2023

Half Moon Bay shooting suspect charged with murder as victims identified

Prosecutors charged a California agricultural worker with seven counts of murder following Monday’s shooting rampage at two farms in the Half Moon Bay area.

January 25, 2023

Arizona city cuts off a neighborhood’s water supply amid drought

Historic shortages of Colorado River water and a bitter political feud have conspired to leave a Scottsdale, Ariz., neighborhood in a desperate scramble to find enough water to sustain themselves.

January 16, 2023

    Flooding could isolate a California peninsula as river surges

    Local officials warned the precise impacts or timing of potential flooding, road closures or evacuations are difficult to predict.

    January 12, 2023

    California’s snowpack, aided by atmospheric rivers, could help drought

    Abundant precipitation from a series of atmospheric rivers has raised California reservoirs, although large parts of American West still face water shortages.

    January 11, 2023

    Amid drought, Arizona contemplates a fraught idea: Piping in water from Mexico

    As Arizona's water supply from the Colorado River dwindles, it is studying a $5 billion project to desalinate ocean water in Mexico and pump it 200 miles across the border.

    December 23, 2022

    Disaster scenarios raise the stakes for Colorado River negotiations

    Those responsible for divvying up the Colorado River's dwindling supply are warning that unprecedented shortages could be coming to farms and cities in the West.

    December 17, 2022

      A village destroyed by fire vowed to rebuild the right way. Then the fights began.

      The experience of Lytton — a town in British Columbia that suffered a disastrous fire last year and has yet to rebuild — shows how adapting to climate threats, and its slow and arduous recovery phase, can inflict its own wounds.

      December 16, 2022

      Officials fear ‘complete doomsday scenario’ for drought-stricken Colorado River

      A once-unfathomable scenario — Lake Powell dropping to historic lows and shutting down power generators that serve millions — could start as soon as July.

      December 1, 2022