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

Women, always there for America, are taking a knee this year

Women across the nation watch as their rights evaporate and do not feel patriotic.

July 4, 2022

Once reluctant, now he uses his full name to talk about mental illness

Kevin Earley tells his mental health story in a Ken Burns documentary.

June 30, 2022

Where are our post-Roe reforms? It’s about the children, right?

Surely people proselytizing about the sanctity of life will turn their attention to protecting children beyond the womb who need safe, permanent housing.

June 27, 2022

Now that Roe is gone, what rights are endangered next?

Many fear the loss of abortion rights will be followed by attacks on contraception use and same-sex marriage.

June 24, 2022

Anti-trans groups hitch their cause to Title IX on 50th anniversary

A D.C. "Our Bodies, Our Sports" rally Thursday used the language of feminism. It was supported by conservative groups like the Heritage Foundation.

June 23, 2022

D.C. gun violence isn’t an ‘urban’ problem. It’s an American problem.

Americans are good at sending Monday morning thoughts and prayers after seeing those reports of weekend violence. We shake our heads in disbelief and privately congratulate ourselves for living in the suburbs.

June 20, 2022

Listen to Black women. They are outraged, tired and they are right.

Youngkin's public health chief wants to investigate whether systemic racism exists. Black women are busy working to dismantle it.

June 16, 2022

A generation of kids betrayed by their adult leaders is fed up

RuQuan Brown is part of a vanguard of youth fed up by a generation of leaders.

June 13, 2022

The college checklist: Bedding, reading lamp and fentanyl test strips?

Today’s lethal fentanyl doses are tucked into the staples of the college drug scene, the stuff that even the square kids may dabble in — weed and pills (even pain pills and study pills).

June 9, 2022

Listen to veterans about the weapons of war

We need to hear from gun owners who endorse reform.

June 2, 2022