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 football player couldn’t find a therapist who understood Black, urban trauma. So, he decided to become one.

D.C. native Fellonte Misher has spent most of his life getting noticed for what he achieved on the field. Now, he is trying to change a field.

November 27, 2021

A Virginia tamalero is born from the pandemic and a craving for the familiar

When the Northern Virginia resident created Tamales Pepe, he didn’t know whether he’d find a market. Now, he’s bracing for a busy holiday season.

November 24, 2021

Kid vaccines are supposed to get us to the end of the tunnel. But they won’t if we leave too many people off the train.

For parents, those orange-capped vials have brought relief and reluctancy.

November 13, 2021

He served in the Air Force, and now he sleeps on a D.C. park bench

As organizations push to get more LGBTQ veterans to access services, Tomás Banks and others know how badly that help is needed.

November 10, 2021

First they were ignored. Now, they’re being sent far from their families and attorneys.

D.C. jail inmates are worried about the 400 transfers — and they aren’t alone.

November 6, 2021

Five young people stopped eating to get grown-ups to start addressing the climate crisis

Their two-week hunger strike ended this week, but only after serious health scares.

November 3, 2021

It’s not just sugar skulls. Dia de los Muertos offers a chance to remember the children Washington lost.

If the region created a communal ofrenda, the most shameful section would be topped with toys.

October 30, 2021

Using stickers, he has spread poetry across the nation’s capital

Thousands of the black and white stickers have appeared on bike racks, stop signs and other places people pass daily.

October 27, 2021

Covid left a Maryland woman on life support, unaware she gave birth. Then came ‘a miracle.’

Day after day, the hospital staff kept placing the baby, a boy named Dylan, on his mother.

October 22, 2021

After Metro fixes its trains, it will need to repair the public’s trust

The findings of a federal safety investigation have disrupted service and revealed how little confidence people have in the transit system.

October 20, 2021