Tim Elfrink

Washington, D.C.

Deputy editor for political investigations

Education: University of Missouri, BA in Journalism

Tim Elfrink is deputy editor for political investigations. He joined The Washington Post in 2018 as editor of Morning Mix and joined the politics staff in 2021. He spent a decade at the Miami New Times, where he worked as a staff writer and then managing editor. He won a George Polk Award and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting for his stories exposing the Biogenesis steroid ring, which led to a record number of suspensions in Major League Baseball. He's also the co-author of "Blood Sport: A-Rod and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era," a book about the s
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She recounted decades of abuse by her husband in a best-selling book. Now she’s on trial for his murder.

Valérie Bacot, 40, wrote in a recently released book that Daniel “Dany” Polette first raped her when she was 12 years old and then abused her for decades before she shot and killed him in 2016.

June 22, 2021

A key witness was scared to testify in a murder trial. Days later, his tavern burned down and he vanished.

Tim Castilleja, a tavern owner on the Yakima Indian Reservation in Washington state, told jurors he was afraid to testify in a murder trial days before his bar burned down and he vanished.

June 16, 2021

A 21-year-old Door Dash driver posed as Trump’s family, feds say, to steal thousands from his backers

Joshua Hall, 21, posed as former president Donald Trump’s relatives on social media to fraudulently solicit donations that he spent on his personal expenses, federal prosecutors said.

June 9, 2021

He wore a QAnon shirt while chasing police on Jan. 6. Now he says he was deceived by ‘a pack of lies.’

Douglas Jensen, 41, who is charged with chasing Capitol Police officer Eugene Goodman in a viral video on Jan. 6, now says he was "deceived" by QAnon into joining the insurrection.

June 8, 2021

A boy died in a road-rage shooting on his way to kindergarten. Now a pair are under arrest.

Marcus Anthony Eriz, 24, and Wynne Lee, 23, were arrested in connection with the road-rage shooting death of Aiden Leos, 6, as his mother drove him to kindergarten in Southern California.

June 7, 2021

She once sang at Carnegie Hall. Now she’s charged with attacking police with a flagpole in the Capitol riots.

Audrey Ann Southard, 52, used a flagpole to push a police officer into a statue during the Capitol riots, the FBI said.

June 4, 2021

As GOP candidate used RV for 24/7 watch, Anchorage election staff say they faced ‘unprecedented harassment’

The Anchorage city clerk’s office did not name either candidate as being responsible for the problems, but after Republican Dave Bronson claimed a narrow victory, his Democratic challenger, Forrest Dunbar, accused the mayor-elect’s campaign of driving the confrontations.

May 28, 2021

Rand Paul received a suspicious package at home. He blames a pop singer he claims ‘called for violence.’

After Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) received a suspicious package at home filled with white powder, he blamed pop singer Richard Marx for a tweet that he claimed “called for violence” against him.

May 25, 2021

Liz Cheney refuses to link Trump’s false election claims, GOP’s push for new voting restrictions

After losing a leadership role for calling out former president Donald Trump’s false election claims, Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) disputed that those falsehoods have animated the GOP’s push in dozens of states to enact new voting restrictions.

May 24, 2021

Video shows police taunting man before he died in jail: ‘You shouldn’t be able to breathe’

William Jennette, 48, died in part from asphyxiation, a medical examiner found in a report that ruled his death a homicide.

May 21, 2021