Robert O'Harrow Jr.

Washington, D.C.

Investigative and accountability reporter covering technology, nonprofits, political influence and the environment.

Education: Economics and history, Virginia Tech

Robert O’Harrow Jr. is a veteran investigator and contributing writer at The Washington Post. His areas of interest include climate science, ecology, travel, influence campaigns, technology, surveillance, corruption and political affairs. O’Harrow was a member of the team that won a Pulitzer Prize for the 2017 coverage of Roy Moore. He also has received top awards from Investigative Reporters and Editors and Sigma Delta Chi. He is a two-time Pulitzer Prize finalist twice and a four-time finalist for the Gerald Loeb Award for business writing. O'Harrow's books include No Place To Hide; Zero Day
Latest from Robert O'Harrow Jr.

In New York’s Shawangunk Mountains, old haunts and old friends

In the Hudson Valley region, the Shawangunk Mountains — known by locals as the Gunks — are a magnet for those who love the outdoors.

June 3, 2022

    God, Trump and the Closed-Door World of the Council for National Policy

    What internal recordings and documents reveal about a major conservative group — and the future of the Republican Party.

    October 25, 2021

      The rise of domestic extremism in America

      Data shows a surge in homegrown attacks not seen in a quarter-century.

      April 12, 2021

      Rallies ahead of Capitol riot were planned by established Washington insiders

      Described as a grass-roots uprising, the Jan. 6 storming of the Capitol followed events planned by establishment Republicans and their activist allies.

      January 17, 2021

        Where Republicans in Congress stand on Trump’s false claim of winning the election

        The Washington Post asked Republicans in Congress three questions. Who won the presidential election? Where do you stand on Trump's efforts to claim victory? Will you accept Joe Biden as the legitimately elected president? Here's what they said.

        December 15, 2020

        Kenosha: How two men’s paths crossed in an encounter that has divided the nation

        In an exclusive interview, Kyle Rittenhouse said he bought a gun with stimulus money. The first man he shot had just left a psychiatric hospital.

        November 19, 2020

        Videos show closed-door sessions of leading conservative activists: ‘Be not afraid of the accusations that you’re a voter suppressor’

        The footage, covering dozens of hours of Council for National Policy meetings in February and in August, offers an inside view of the group’s obsessions, fears and plans at a pivotal moment in the conservative movement.

        October 14, 2020

        White House physician Sean Conley draws scrutiny for rosy assessments of Trump’s health

        Long before the president contracted covid-19, some former colleagues said they were disappointed in what they view as his lack of independence from White House politics.

        October 7, 2020

        Trump said solving the opioid crisis was a top priority. His drug office’s track record suggests otherwise.

        Trump has run the office much the way he has approached governance in general, showing skepticism, ambivalence and a lack of focus according to government audits, documents and drug policy specialists.

        October 3, 2020