Manuel Roig-Franzia

Washington, D.C.

Feature reporter

Education: UCLA, BA in English; Northwestern University, Master's in journalism

Manuel Roig-Franzia is a feature writer in The Washington Post’s Style section, where he profiles national figures in the worlds of politics, the law and the arts. He previously served as bureau chief in Miami for The Post's National staff and in Mexico City for the Post's Foreign staff. He has covered U.S. and international presidential campaigns, the January 2010 Haiti earthquake and more than a dozen major hurricanes, including Katrina. He is the author of "The Rise of Marco Rubio," a biography of the Florida senator and former Republican presidential candidate. Roig-Franzia was born in S
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Oscar-nominated Den Tolmor was trying to finish his eight-part series about politics — and porn — in Ukraine. Then came war.

August 16, 2022

10 years after Austin Tice’s abduction in Syria, his parents still fight for him

The freelance journalist’s parents still push hard for the U.S. government to find a way to bring their son home

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This American teacher also sits in a Russian jail, worried nobody cares

Marc Fogel was arrested in Moscow with medical marijuana in his luggage. His case parallels the ordeal of WNBA star Brittney Griner, but it has mostly gone unnoticed.

July 28, 2022

A Nobel laureate’s novel about dictatorship gets a welcome new edition

Miguel Angel Asturias’s ‘Mr. President,’ first published in 1946, is a reminder of the current situation in Guatemala that has driven so people to attempt risky illegal entry into the United States.

July 14, 2022

How a D.C. lobbyist tried to stop Putin’s pipeline before war started

Daniel Vajdich saw danger in plans to bypass Ukraine to deliver Russia’s gas to Germany. But the project’s backers had friends in Washington, too.

July 11, 2022

The Target of the First Watergate Burglary Still Wonders: ‘Why Me?’

Before the infamous break-in, there was another. A former DNC official ponders the wiretap that changed his life.

June 14, 2022

The D.C. Taxi Driver Who Became a Watergate Spy

How a charming cabbie named Elmer Wyatt became a Nixon mole against the Democrats.

June 8, 2022

During Watergate, John Mitchell Left His Wife. She Called Bob Woodward.

In the thick of the Watergate scandal, Martha Mitchell invited Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein to her apartment in Manhattan, where the reporters went through John Mitchell’s private documents.

June 7, 2022

How a devastating cyclone led to a genocide and a new nation

The Great Bhola Cyclone of 1970 kicked off a period of death and chaos in what is now Bangladesh, as Scott Carney and Jason Miklian recount.

April 15, 2022

What became of Trayvon Martin’s hoodie?

A decade after the Florida teen’s death, the clothes he wore have found their place in history

March 17, 2022