Karen Attiah

Washington, D.C.

Columnist writing on international affairs, culture and human rights issues.

Education: Northwestern University, BA in communication studies, minor in African Studies; Columbia University, master's in international affairs

Karen Attiah is a columnist for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2014 as a digital producer in the Opinions section. Attiah often writes on issues relating to race, gender and international politics, with a special interest in Africa. Previously, she reported as a freelancer for the Associated Press while based in the Caribbean. Attiah was the winner of the 2019 George Polk Award and was the 2019 Journalist of the Year from the National Association of Black Journalists. Sign up to
Latest from Karen Attiah

Minneapolis’s police reform defeat can’t end the push to reimagine public safety in America

Reform means more than just laws. It means changing how we think about crime and community.

November 4, 2021

Why books have become a battlefield in Texas

Targeting more than 800 titles in schools is more than a political stunt — although it is that, too

November 1, 2021

The GOP’s attack on voting is shameless. The Democratic response is spineless.

A strategy of wishful thinking is no answer to an attack on the foundations of our democracy.

October 25, 2021

Why can’t we have an honest conversation about critical race theory? Ask Karen Attiah.

Attiah answered reader questions at noon ET on Oct. 21.

October 21, 2021

The Biden administration needs to share the Moderna vaccine recipe with the world now

The White House wants credit for vaccine donations, but the answer for poor countries trying to get the pandemic under control isn't charity.

October 18, 2021

For educators under assault, federal involvement is welcome — but it’s not enough

In many places, the intimidation of teachers and administrators is enabled by those in power.

October 11, 2021

Gabby Petito deserves justice, but ‘missing White girl syndrome’ hurts us all

Desheena Kyle, Jelani Day, Jennifer Caridad, Aubrey Dameron and Gabby Petito. The fact that you probably only recognize one of these names is a problem.

September 28, 2021

A win for white power at a school board meeting in Grapevine, Tex.

Officials say ouster of Black principal isn't about critical race theory. They're right — it's much worse than that.

September 22, 2021

AOC cumplió su misión en la Met Gala, pero esos gestos performativos de justicia social siguen siendo un problema

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez no necesitaba el vestido que lució en la Met Gala 2021, y nosotros no necesitamos distraernos con instituciones pomposas que, al final, están tratando de resistirse al cambio.

September 16, 2021