Latest from Theresa Vargas

A Peace Corps worker was on a date in D.C. with his wife. Then came a stray bullet.

Jeremy Black’s family is now grieving and trying to push against the city’s gun violence in a way that honors him.
  • Jul 24, 2021

A girl’s reaction to the Nationals Park shooting made the world look at D.C.’s gun violence problem

In a viral video, the 8-year-old says she was prepared and is always “expecting” something to happen.
  • Jul 21, 2021

The girl who brought down a statue

In Charlottesville, the past five years saw both the slow fall of a statue and the rapid rise of a young activist.
  • Jul 17, 2021

What ‘Free Britney’ shares with ‘Justice for Jenny’

Britney Spears is a pop star. Jenny Hatch has Down syndrome. Both got the nation to look closer at guardianship.
  • Jul 14, 2021

‘Dear Khloe’: A Black girl hated her natural hair, and then 101 women spoke about finding beauty in theirs

D.C. native St. Clair Detrick-Jules tells the women’s stories in a book she wrote after learning her 4-year-old sister was bullied.
  • Jul 10, 2021

Nikole Hannah-Jones hasn’t started teaching at Howard yet. But already, she’s imparting lessons.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist is inspiring people of color across the country to know their worth.
  • Jul 7, 2021

The newest comic book superhero: An enslaved man turned immortal

Set in Maryland, “Jupiter Invincible” takes readers between fiction and reality.
  • Jul 3, 2021

How the meticulous bookkeeping of two sisters led to reparations for Black people across the country

One program that benefited helps expose D.C. teenagers to nature — often for the first time.
  • Jun 30, 2021

Neli Latson is — finally — free. It only took 11 years, two governors and a national conversation about race and disability.

Latson was not just a Black teenager when he was arrested. He was a was Black, autistic teenager. That matters.
  • Jun 23, 2021

Cicada season started with a police encounter and ended with a love song for this entomologist

Dr. Sammy is now a “bug ambassador.” But growing up in Maryland, insects terrified him.
  • Jun 19, 2021