Lizette Alvarez


Contributing columnist on issues pertaining to Florida, immigration, politics and more

Lizette Alvarez is a Washington Post contributing columnist. She previously worked at the Miami Herald, the New York Daily News and the New York Times, where she spent 22 years covering New York, Europe, Congress, military veterans, Florida and Puerto Rico. In her most recent posting, she served as Miami bureau chief for the New York Times. Alvarez has won several awards for her reporting including the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Polk Award.
Latest from Lizette Alvarez

Florida’s Republican lawmakers deliver another blow for DeSantis against the common good

A not-so-special session of the legislature gave a political gift to a governor hostile to vaccine and mask-wearing rules.

November 20, 2021

So what happens to Florida’s economy when low-wage workers can no longer afford to live there?

Despite skyrocketing housing prices and home insurance costs, swelling sea levels and exasperating traffic jams, the lure of warm weather and no state income tax are apparently irresistible.

November 3, 2021

Florida teachers are quitting their jobs in droves — and who can blame them?

In the state's school system, sacrifice suddenly has its limits.

October 11, 2021

How DeSantis and his GOP allies reveal their antiabortion hypocrisy

Republicans could reduce the need for terminating pregnancies, but somehow supporting contraception access and sex education in schools just isn't part of the plan.

September 28, 2021

Florida’s openness on abortion is all but guaranteed to change drastically — and soon

As legislators and the state Supreme Court move to the right, the rules are all but guaranteed to change drastically, and soon.

September 14, 2021

DeSantis is always eager for a Florida fight. But so is covid.

As Florida breaks records for infections, the governor battles over whether students can be required to wear masks.

August 13, 2021

There’s no telling whether the Cuban protesters will prevail, but their courage is undeniable

The videos of the protests on social media, blazing from one end of the island to the other, shook me deeply.

July 12, 2021

In the condo collapse, water is an inevitable suspect. This is Florida.

The disaster has spurred a much-needed reckoning about the condition of infrastructure.

June 29, 2021

Florida Republicans are trampling on the wishes of locals in a rush to consolidate power

The state's GOP goes all-out riding roughshod over local citizens and local governments.

May 24, 2021

Florida’s new ‘anti-riot’ law benefits one person: Ron DeSantis

It's not as if there weren't laws already on the books. This one seems more intended to intimidate protesters than to address a real problem.

April 26, 2021