Karen Heller

Philadelphia, Washington, D.C.

National general features writer for Style

Education: University of Chicago, BA in history

Karen Heller is national features writer for The Washington Post, reporting on a wide array of subjects, including popular culture, politics and cultural differences and profiles. She previously worked as both a metro and features columnist for the Philadelphia Inquirer, where she reported on social issues, politics and culture. She was previously a features writer for USA Today and the Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester, N.Y., and has contributed to national magazines.
Latest from Karen Heller

Elizabeth Strout has ‘millions of stories to tell’

In "Lucy by the Sea," Lucy Barton returns, this time riding out the pandemic’s early wave with her ex-husband in Maine.

September 22, 2022

The fabulously wealthy are fueling a booming luxury ranch market out West

Moguls are lavishing ever-larger fortunes on ranches out West, prompted in part by the pandemic.

August 16, 2022

Heaven is renting someone else’s pool

Swimply lets you borrow a dream and adopt a stranger’s backyard lifestyle, an hour or two at a time.

July 20, 2022

Philip Baker Hall’s ‘Seinfeld’ library cop was a performance for the ages

Veteran character actor Philip Baker Hall, who died Monday at age 90, made an indelible impression as Lt. Joe Bookman on "Seinfeld."

June 14, 2022

Hunter Biden’s ex opens up about why she stayed — and why she left

Kathleen Buhle’s memoir, "If We Break," reveals the details of a marriage the author once called "special."

June 14, 2022

Tesla owners love their cars. Elon Musk? Not as much.

Many Tesla drivers are getting pretty annoyed at Elon Musk's Twitter commentary.

June 4, 2022

Depp-Heard verdict will have chilling impact on #MeToo, advocates fear

Many experts fear the verdict of the Johnny Depp-Amber Heard defamation trial — and the online harassment of Heard — could shake the confidence of women who are considering airing abuse allegations, and slow the momentum of the #MeToo movement.

June 2, 2022

Dr. Oz’s Trump-infused Senate run is coming down to the wire

Ahead of Dr. Oz's tight Republican Senate primary, some call him a Pennsylvania carpetbagger — while others say he’s the future of the Republican party.

May 13, 2022

The actor behind ‘Barry’s’ NoHo Hank, TV’s happiest mobster

Anthony Carrigan, who plays NoHo Hank on "Barry," was diagnosed with alopecia as a child. He has known two distinct acting careers: Hair and No Hair. No Hair is better.

April 20, 2022

The stunning rise of cremation reveals America’s changing idea of death

Cremation is now more popular in the United States than a traditional casket burial, and twice as common as it was two decades ago. What does that say about us?

April 19, 2022