Ovetta Wiggins

Washington, D.C.

Local reporter covering Maryland state politics

Education: Rutgers University

Ovetta Wiggins covers Maryland state politics in Annapolis. She came to The Washington Post in 2003 and has covered numerous stories about Prince George's County during that time, including the rise and fall of former County Executive Jack B. Johnson, the county's foreclosure crisis, and the attempt by County Executive Rushern L. Baker III to take over the school system. She graduated from Rutgers University and previously worked at the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Bergen Record in New Jersey.
Latest from Ovetta Wiggins

    Man with AR-15-style rifle by bus stop says he wasn’t out to terrify kids

    J'Den McAdory said that he was protesting gun-control legislation by open carrying around his Maryland neighborhood and was not singling out school bus stops.

    May 19, 2023

    Maryland eases path to clear criminal records, over prosecutors’ concerns

    Maryland, a left-leaning state, has had some of the longest waiting periods in the country for people seeking to clear their criminal records.

    May 16, 2023

    Moore signs bills to expand offshore wind and zero-emission trucks

    Maryland House Republican Caucus issued a statement on Friday calling the pieces of legislation “radical,” and an affront to the state's consumers.

    April 21, 2023

    Abortion, cannabis among major bills Maryland lawmakers passed this year

    From cannabis to abortion to gun control, here's what you need to know about what lawmakers have been up to in Annapolis.

    April 10, 2023

    The strategic charm of Gov. Wes Moore’s first months leading Maryland

    Wes Moore is hosting breakfasts and taking selfies with Maryland Democrats and Republicans alike, winning lawmakers over after eight years of Larry Hogan.

    April 9, 2023

    Maryland lawmakers clear the way for a legal cannabis market

    Gov. Wes Moore, who supported the legalization of recreational cannabis, will likely sign the bill. Recreational cannabis sales will begin in Maryland on July 1.

    April 8, 2023

    Health care protest at Maryland State House ends in seven arrests

    About 85,000 undocumented people would enroll if Maryland expanded access to its state health exchange, analysts predict.

    April 7, 2023

      Police arrest health care protesters in Annapolis

      Protesters advocating for efforts to extend health care to undocumented people were arrested at the steps of the Annapolis Statehouse on April 7.

      April 7, 2023

      Maryland Del. Darryl Barnes to resign, join Annapolis lobbying firm

      Del. Darryl Barnes, a Prince George’s County Democrat, was formerly the head of the Legislative Black Caucus.

      April 5, 2023

      Former Hogan chief of staff Roy McGrath dies after confrontation with FBI

      Roy C. McGrath, a fugitive top aide to then-Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan (R), was shot in Tennessee on Monday as authorities confronted him, the FBI said in a statement.

      April 4, 2023