William Wan

Washington, D.C.

Enterprise reporter

Education: University of Chicago, BA in English literature; University of Maryland, MA in Journalism

William Wan is an enterprise reporter focused on narrative and high-impact stories at The Washington Post. He often writes about mental health and people suffering on the margins of society. He previously served as a national health reporter for the Post. His coverage of mental health during the pandemic contributed to U.S. government action and an unprecedented increased in federal funding. In the past two decades, he has reported from more than 20 countries, covering national security, the Obama presidency, mass shootings and disasters, foreign policy and religion. As The Post's China corres
Latest from William Wan

    ‘Is this what a good mother looks like?’

    After struggling to get treatment for her mentally ill son, a mother’s act of desperation: giving up custody.

    March 17, 2022

    Three die in D.C.-area crashes

    Police said the victim in one of the incidents was a child, while another was a five-vehicle crash on the Beltway.

    March 13, 2022

    Conservatives defend D.C. bar under investigation for violating vaccine rules

    D.C.’s liquor board said Tuesday that it will investigate a Northeast Washington bar repeatedly fined for violating the city’s vaccine and mask regulations as conservatives defended the business.

    January 25, 2022

    Two victims identified in fatal shooting in Southwest Washington

    A third man was fatally shot Friday night in Northeast, police said.

    January 22, 2022

    The ethics of a second chance: Pig heart transplant recipient stabbed a man seven times years ago

    Decades before David Bennett Sr. received the first-ever genetically modified pig heart transplant, he was convicted of a stabbing that left a man paralyzed.

    January 13, 2022

    A doctor struggled with a rare, incurable syndrome. Now she helps others overcome it.

    Patients with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome are often misdiagnosed or dismissed as hypochondriacs. That’s what happened to Dr. Alissa Zingman.

    December 27, 2021

    Covid killed her disabled brother, paralyzing her with guilt. Could she recover?

    Jeneffer Estampador Haynes always tried to protect her younger brother who had Down syndrome. Then she lost him to the pandemic and also lost herself.

    December 2, 2021

    The accused spy knew stealth was crucial from his work on submarines. He surfaced anyway.

    Jonathan Toebbe and his wife Diana could face life in prison on charges that they tried to sell secrets about the Navy's most advanced nuclear submarines. Who were the Annapolis couple before their arrest?

    October 20, 2021

    Two shootings leave three dead in Washington

    Deadly gun violence Saturday night in Northwest D.C. was followed hours later by another incident in Southeast.

    September 19, 2021