Theresa Vargas

Washington, D.C.

Local columnist who previously wrote for the local enterprise team about poverty, race and people with disabilities.

Education: bachelor's from Stanford University; master's from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism

Theresa Vargas is a columnist for The Washington Post. Before that, she worked on the local enterprise team, writing stories that took her, among other places, into a home for transgender teens, a support group for survivors of gun violence and a courtroom where a woman with Down syndrome fought for the right to decide how she lives. During the peak of the recession, she and a photographer traveled across the country to chronicle how Americans were coping. Before coming to The Post, she worked at Newsday in New York.
Latest from Theresa Vargas

More than a measly raise is needed to fix D.C.’s substitute teacher problem

Other places across the country are coming up with creative solutions to school staffing shortages, and D.C. is offering substitutes $1.80 more an hour.

January 22, 2022

In catering to selfish parents, Youngkin is failing Virginia’s kids

His executive order, which gives parents the power to choose whether children wear masks in school, ignores reality.

January 19, 2022

How a teenager got more women of color added to history lessons in one of the country’s largest school systems

Maya Angelou and other remarkable women will appear on U.S. quarters, but the work isn’t done.

January 15, 2022

A group furnished hundreds of homes during the pandemic for free. Now, it needs a home.

In the nation’s capital, FurnishHopeDC has seen families sleeping on floors, living rooms missing couches and children trying to do virtual learning without desks or tables.

January 12, 2022

D.C. needs statehood, not Ted Cruz meddling with its schools

The Texas Senator needs to follow his state’s own mantra: Don’t mess with D.C.

January 8, 2022

Displaced by the clearing of a homeless encampment, a woman was alone when her tent collapsed in the snow

The woman told the person who found her wet and freezing at a D.C. bus stop that she was trapped in the tent for an hour.

January 5, 2022

She’s spent years tracking the killings of Black women and girls. Now, she’s planning a D.C. march.

Rosalind Page, a nurse and mother to four daughters, spends her days scouring websites for the names and photos of women and girls lost to violence.

January 1, 2022

A late music producer’s grandsons found a ‘treasure’ of lost songs in his D.C. basement

The song “Joy,” which they released in time for Christmas, was recorded nearly 50 years ago and had never been heard publicly.

December 25, 2021

To go or not to go? The holiday question that hurts to answer.

The tickets are bought. The gifts are picked. Two boys want desperately to hug their grandparents. And a hard decision awaits.

December 22, 2021

At 5, she was killed riding her bike in a crosswalk. Her legacy should be safer streets.

Allison Hart, a D.C. kindergartner known as Allie to family and friends, was more than traffic victim No. 28.

December 18, 2021