Petula Dvorak

Washington, D.C.

Local columnist

Education: University of Southern California

Petula Dvorak is a columnist for The Washington Post's local team who writes about homeless shelters, gun control, high heels, high school choirs, the politics of parenting, jails, abortion clinics, mayors, modern families, strip clubs and gas prices, among other things. Before coming to The Post, she covered social issues, crime and courts in New Orleans, New Jersey and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of the University of Southern California and the mother of two boys.
Latest from Petula Dvorak

Washington worried about Sackler drug tactics years before opioids

The Sackler family learned this week that only a small chunk of their fortune would be paid for the nightmare their drug gave our nation.

June 1, 2023

Yes, Memorial Day is also for military members who died by suicide

Service members who died by suicide sacrificed, too, and deserve to be honored on Memorial Day.

May 29, 2023

Joe Morrissey is bad for all women — not just the ones he seduced

Morrissey's self-anointed moniker, 'Fighting Joe' doesn't go far enough. He’s trying to make himself Joe the Conqueror. Of women.

May 25, 2023

What I learned bringing my son home, to the country my parents fled

Family circumstances prompted a trip 'home' to the country my parents fled, giving my son a chance to learn more of his own story.

May 22, 2023

It takes dozens of people to replace one mom, and we forget that

Maeva Ikias had a baby as a college student, then lost her mother. Ikias has “grown from things that were meant to break me," she said.

May 11, 2023

Is D.C. crime bad enough to bring the Guardian Angels back? They think so.

The D.C. Guardian Angels — with their red berets and military stance — are back on the Metro after a spike in crime. Most folks are happy with the '80s throwback.

May 8, 2023

In America, we’re really good at ignoring the people in the middle

In America, we’re really good at ignoring the people in the middle

May 4, 2023

Are you there, God? It’s today’s teen girls, and they need help.

Margaret Ann Simon couldn’t really exist today.

May 1, 2023

Is borscht okay to eat? The politics of D.C.’s gastro diplomacy.

D.C. diners, attuned to geopolitics, want to eat their values.

April 27, 2023

We’re a nation bristling with guns and no room for mistakes

More guns because of fear, fear because there are so many guns.

April 24, 2023