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

A national museum about – but not just for – the deaf community

A person could live in D.C. and never know about the National Deaf Life Museum at Gallaudet University. But visitors come from across the world.

August 6, 2022

Study confirms what D.C. parents have known: Drivers don’t care

It’s time drivers who want safe streets join bicyclists and pedestrians who have long been calling on the city to do better.

August 3, 2022

The priceless win a teenager gave everyone who’s been body-shamed

What Olivia Julianna achieved after Rep. Matt Gaetz targeted her was a colossal victory for abortion rights activists. It was also more than that.

July 30, 2022

Financial security remains elusive for too many disabled people

Maryland resident Aaron Kaufman is a disability rights advocate who has been trying to change that.

July 27, 2022

Two words that capture D.C.’s unsafe streets: ‘Updated again’

Two memorials were planned for D.C. bicyclists. Then a third was killed.

July 23, 2022

The unexpected star of NASA’s Webb images — the alt text descriptions

A team in Baltimore was responsible for the words that made NASA's James Webb Space Telescope images accessible to everyone.

July 20, 2022

Baltimore’s squeegee killing puts urban poverty on national display

The squeegee kids exist in different forms in every major city across the country.

July 13, 2022

Gunfire is not only killing kids. It’s killing childhood experiences.

I grew up performing in parades. My children have never attended one.

July 6, 2022

Hungry and homeless: Life for a migrant family in the nation’s capital

Alberto, Imelda and their three children, ages 4, 6 and 11, have been living out of a van.

July 2, 2022

Teachers at a Maryland school fight to keep a longtime educator

Teachers at the Prince George’s County elementary school call the potential loss of Chris Wichtendahl ‘catastrophic.’

June 29, 2022