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

Moms rallied when protesters brought mangled fetus photos to Md. school

The Supreme Court justices have cops in body armor to protect them from demonstrators. These kids had moms carrying towels, blankets and umbrellas.

May 19, 2022

His senior year included a varsity goal, a coma and — finally — prom

Gonzaga High School senior Ian Balutis spent seven months in hospitals this school year. He met the challenge by becoming more fully himself.

May 16, 2022

Some are scolding protesters at justices’ homes. It’s misdirection.

Any line of civility, propriety or humanity was crossed decades ago by anti-abortion protesters. But sisters, if you want to make an impact, organize.

May 12, 2022

This is what supporting life looks like. The rest is just politics.

The work of helping parents and their babies who are struggling is being done here.

May 9, 2022

The best gift for Mother’s Day? Give moms control over their bodies.

A nation about to explode with flowery, pink sentimentality for mothers is doing what it has always done so well — silence and disempower us.

May 5, 2022

She survived a K Street abortion speakeasy. Is that our future?

Eleanor Oliver, now 85, had an illegal abortion and then helped create an underground network. She doesn't want us to go back.

May 3, 2022

This hockey coach spent decades saving lives. Let’s save his ice.

Neal Henderson — along with the rink where he’s carved hockey’s life lessons into the lives of thousands of local kids — is worth supporting.

May 2, 2022

World leaders honor a single mom who wondered whether she was enough

While Albright’s unlikely ascent commands respect, it was learning about her quiet leadership at home that moved us at the celebration of her life.

April 28, 2022

Banning books to save kids? Please. Bullets are more dangerous.

Our nation looks totally insane when parents focus on the wrong thing about safety.

April 25, 2022

A teacher fired years ago for being gay watches it all happen again

The culture war against anything gay in schools -- including the teachers themselves -- is astonishing to Joe Acanfora, who was fired 50 years ago because of his sexuality.

April 21, 2022