Richard Cohen

New York

Columnist focusing on politics

Richard Cohen wrote a weekly political column for The Washington Post until September 2019. Cohen joined The Post in 1968 as a reporter and covered night police, city hall, education, state government and national politics. As the paper’s chief Maryland correspondent, he was one of two reporters who broke the story of the investigation of former Vice President Agnew. In 1976, he began writing a column that ran on the front of the Metro section. His columns have appeared on the op-ed page of The Post since 1984. He is the author, with Jules Witcover, of “A Heartbeat Away: The Investigation and
Latest from Richard Cohen

Richard Cohen’s columns through the decades

Highlights from his many years at The Post.

September 23, 2019

Richard Cohen: This is my final column. I’ve been lucky.

I will miss newspapering, but I know I had the best it ever had to offer.

September 23, 2019

What Republicans could learn from the British

British MPs show how to respond to authoritarianism.

September 9, 2019

It’s time to bid farewell to Joe Biden

The 76-year-old former vice president’s problem is not only today, but also tomorrow.

September 2, 2019

A tale of two Washingtons, one a slave, the other a master

What are we to do with our history? Let Harry Washington be a guide.

August 19, 2019

The GOP has plunged us into a modern Dark Age

Republicans’ inaction on gun control won’t stop the killing.

August 5, 2019

My mother loved America. Trump would have broken her heart.

He is the most un-American of American presidents.

July 22, 2019

Republicans must acknowledge that their party has been taken over by a racist

Trump’s tweets about Democratic congresswomen are just part of his bigoted strategy.

July 15, 2019

Democrats are on a losing streak

The candidates’ imagined America doesn’t appeal to moderates.

July 8, 2019

A mob is on the loose and it’s after Linda Fairstein

She doesn’t get a fair portrayal in “When They See Us.”

July 1, 2019