Matt Zapotosky

Washington, D.C.

Criminal justice editor

Education: Ohio University, bachelor's degree in journalism

Matt Zapotosky is a criminal justice editor, responsible for public safety coverage in D.C. and Virginia. He spent 15 years as a reporter covering law enforcement, most recently on the Justice Department beat. He was part of The Washington Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for Public Service, for reporting on the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol. He was also a part of The Post team that won a George Polk Award, for reporting in 2017 on ties between the Trump campaign and Kremlin-connected Russians. Earlier in his career, Zapotosky worked covering the federal courthouse in Alexandria and loc
Latest from Matt Zapotosky

An historic global heist — and a rapper on trial

Former Fugees rapper Pras is on trial for conspiracy, money laundering and acting as a foreign agent. The case, involving celebrities and political figures, is a small part of a bigger scandal: the $4.5 billion theft from the Malaysian government.

April 3, 2023

Why the FBI raided Mar-a-Lago

Today on Post Reports, why the FBI searched former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, and what they’re looking for.

August 9, 2022

Grand jury used in probe of classified documents taken to Mar-a-Lago

A grand jury issued a subpoena to the National Archives and Records Administration, advancing the Justice Department's probe of 15 boxes of government documents taken to former President Trump's residence.

May 12, 2022

Would DOJ charge someone for leaking SCOTUS abortion opinion draft?

Almost certainly not, according to legal analysts, who said it would be a stretch of the Justice Department’s authority to even investigate the matter.

May 3, 2022

Kidnapper’s U.S. conviction a rare case of justice for ISIS victims

Officials in the U.S. and other countries are often reluctant to bring these cases, but experts say the swift conviction at trial of an ISIS kidnapper shows their fears are misplaced.

April 19, 2022

Man charged in Brooklyn subway attack will be held without bail

He appeared in court after being charged and was ordered held without bail.

April 14, 2022

Judge lets Durham case against Democrat-connected lawyer go to trial

The judge rejected Michael Sussmann's motion to dismiss the case.

April 13, 2022

Police seeking ‘person of interest’ after Brooklyn subway shooting

Frank R. James, 62, is a “person of interest” as police investigate the subway shooting. But authorities emphasized Tuesday night that no one is in custody.

April 13, 2022

N.Y. lieutenant governor resigns after being charged with corruption

The charges are connected to Brian Benjamin's prior campaigns.

April 12, 2022

DOJ rebuffs Democrats’ request for inventory of Trump’s boxes

The Justice Department this week rebuffed a request from the House Oversight Committee for more details about the 15 boxes of White House records that former president Donald Trump improperly removed to Mar-a-Lago, hinting in a letter that an ongoing investigation prevents the department from doing so.

April 12, 2022