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

Behind a lawsuit, an excruciating wait for housing for disabled residents

A disabled veteran. A woman with a brain tumor. Children with asthma. In D.C., they’re all waiting for housing that meets their needs, advocates say.

June 22, 2022

An unusual piñata, and a lesson on fatherhood

Those fathers are giving their children what they didn’t have growing up.

June 18, 2022

A girl changed how we see crayons and skin color. Now, she’s an author.

As Bellen Woodard has grown, so has the movement she started at 8.

June 15, 2022

A march surrounded by reminders of why this time needs to be different

The only truthful assurance we can offer children about gun violence: There are people trying to reduce the number of victims.

June 11, 2022

Washington’s 'burbs are weird and relatable. His cartoons capture that.

After getting rejected repeatedly by The New Yorker, Mike Mount started cartooning for an Arlington publication.

June 4, 2022

The danger of a politician blaming mass shootings on ‘emasculated’ men

Men who commit mass shootings haven’t lost their masculinity. They’ve lost their humanity.

June 1, 2022

Police action in Uvalde was shameful. Our inaction would be more so.

On the same day as the Uvalde school shooting, a video captured a child shot on a Northern Virginia sidewalk.

May 28, 2022

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