Scott Wilson

Washington, D.C.

Senior national correspondent focusing on California and the West

Education: Amherst College, BA, 1988; Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, MS, 1992

Scott Wilson is a senior national correspondent for The Washington Post, covering California and the West. He has previously served as The Post's national editor, chief White House correspondent, deputy assistant managing editor for foreign news and as a correspondent in Latin America, based in Bogota, Colombia, and in the Middle East, based first in Amman, Jordan, and then in Jerusalem. He joined The Post in 1997. He lives in Santa Barbara, Calif., with his family.
Latest from Scott Wilson

In nation awash in guns, push for gun control takes on feel of futility

California’s patchwork of gun laws has helped lessen deaths compared with other states. But court challenges and other limits have curbed effectiveness.

January 24, 2023

A safe haven for Asian immigrants now shares in the tragedy of gun violence

Monterey Park was the nation’s first Asian-majority city. Now its history includes a grimmer development: a mass killing.

January 22, 2023

California’s strict gun laws don’t eliminate violence, but they have helped

State measures, pushed after previous mass shootings, mean California has fewer gun deaths per resident than most states.

January 22, 2023

Biden pledges help as he visits a damaged California

The president spent much of his visit with another Democrat with national ambitions, Gov. Gavin Newsom.

January 19, 2023

After deaths, L.A. police face new questions about excessive force

Three men have died after encounters with Los Angeles police in recent days, putting pressure on new mayor Karen Bass who has called for police reform.

January 13, 2023

Colorado investigators seek motive in LGBTQ club shooting

The victims of the nation's latest mass shooting spanned a spectrum of American life.

November 22, 2022

Los Angeles City Council member resigns days after racist comments surface

Nury Martinez, captured on the tape making disparaging remarks about various city residents and the young Black son of a fellow council member, earlier resigned the council presidency.

October 12, 2022

Leaked racist tape shakes political alliances in Los Angeles

The tape of a conversation, which targeted Black people among others, has threatened a longstanding racial coalition in the city.

October 11, 2022

Abortion measure brings a hint of uncertainty to California’s midterms

There is no threat to abortion in California. But Proposition 1, which seeks to enshrine the right in its constitution, may complicate politics in key races.

October 9, 2022

    In Oakland, closing schools opens questions about a city’s soul

    Black Oakland is being overwhelmed by the arrival of White and Latino residents, low Black birthrates, high costs, and the gentrification transforming the city.

    September 18, 2022