Reporter covering gender and family issuesEducation: Indiana University, BA in journalism and ArabicSamantha Schmidt is a reporter focused on gender and family issues for The Washington Post. She previously worked on The Post's Morning Mix team and as a reporting fellow for the New York Times.Honors & Awards:
2020 National Headliner Award, first place for news series
2020 NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists Excellence in Long Form Journalism Award
Professional Affiliations: National Association of Hispanic Journalists Languages spoken in addition to English: Spanish, Arabic
Arkansas state legislators voted to pass the nation’s first law banning gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender minors, overriding a veto from their governor and intense opposition from major medical organizations across the country.
The legislation is the first to pass in a series of similar bills introduced in more than 17 states so far this year, part of a growing effort by Republican lawmakers to restrict the rights of transgender young people.
The median household income of Asian Americans matches or surpasses that of their White peers. But the success of the top-earners can obscure the hardships faced by those at the other end of the income spectrum.