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

I was a kid when a classmate was shot and killed. That trauma lasts.

The trauma from the Uvalde shooting will reach further and last longer than anyone will be able to see. Another Texas shooting showed me that.

May 25, 2022

Remembering the deadliest school massacre in U.S. history

A harrowing explosion at Bath Consolidated School in Michigan 95 years ago killed 45 people, including 38 children, but has been mostly forgotten.

May 24, 2022

Meet the Walmart worker whose closing-time songs are hitting a chord

Keli Kirby didn’t have a TikTok account a few months ago. Now, videos on that platform of her singing to shoppers have drawn millions of views.

May 21, 2022

College students with disabilities deserve accessible campuses

Student journalists at the University of Maryland spent months scrutinizing their campus and talking to people with disabilities. More college newspapers should.

May 18, 2022

The American Latino museum should get a place on the National Mall

On Cinco de Mayo, President Biden missed an opportunity to call for the Smithsonian museum to be built on the National Mall.

May 11, 2022

I wrote about falling with my baby. Now other moms email me.

Accidental falls with infants happen more often than people talk about.

May 7, 2022

Black maternal mortality rates show uneven stakes of abortion bans

In D.C., where the Supreme Court justices will decide on abortion rights, almost all the pregnant people who are dying are Black.

May 4, 2022

Black, autistic and out of prison, Matthew Rushin becomes an advocate

The 23-year-old from Virginia Beach is talking about his experience in hope that it will help others.

April 30, 2022

How a Virginia baby’s mysterious death will help New Zealand students

Students in New Zealand will learn about Claire, the rare disease she had and how they can contribute to research.

April 27, 2022

This Washington TikToker is getting people to reveal their salaries

The videos created by Hannah Williams have drawn millions of viewers on the platform.

April 23, 2022