Joe Heim

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering a range of topics, including race, schools, student culture, white nationalism, Native American issues

Education: University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, master's; Villanova University, BA in English

Joe Heim has been with The Washington Post as an editor and reporter since 1999. He covers social issues, schools, protests and the occasional forest fire. He also writes Just Asking, a weekly Q&A column in The Washington Post’s Sunday magazine. Heim was born in Morocco and lived in Kenya and Haiti before moving to the Philadelphia suburbs in the sixth grade. He is a graduate of Villanova University and the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.
Latest from Joe Heim

George Washington University apologizes for data project monitoring student and staff locations on campus

In a message to the school community, Interim university President Mark S. Wrighton said the data analytics pilot program monitored locations - though not individualized data - of students, faculty and staff last fall.

February 12, 2022

New stadium for Commanders is a political football for local leaders

Local politicians weigh in on the new name for Washington's football team and what it may mean for the team's pursuit of a new stadium in the District, Maryland or Virginia.

February 2, 2022

Praying and protesting in Washington, they wait for news from Ukraine

For the past few weeks, Ukrainians and Ukrainian Americans in the Washington region have been glued to the news, anxiously assessing developments in their homeland as an invasion by the approximately 100,000 Russian troops surrounding Ukraine seems possible at any moment.

January 28, 2022

An old Virginia plantation, a new owner and a family legacy unveiled

A man who purchased a plantation home in the rural Virginia community he grew up in later learned its original owners had enslaved his ancestors.

January 22, 2022

Hogan says White House’s plan for rapid virus tests undercuts Maryland’s supply

White House officials rejected the Maryland governor’s assertion, saying that the contracts it has with companies expressly prohibit them from taking tests from state and local governments.

January 19, 2022

Omicron surge appears to be nearing peak in resource-strained region

The peak in new cases could arrive as early as next week, though hospitalizations, a lagging indicator, would continue to climb for a week after, experts said.

January 12, 2022

As Jan. 6 anniversary approaches, fear, disbelief and anger still felt in Capitol Hill neighborhood

A year later there is still fear, disbelief and anger at what the rioters wrought.

January 4, 2022

Former FDA commissioner: ‘We remain almost equally vulnerable to threat from the next pandemic’

Scott Gottlieb explores in his new book how we were woefully unprepared for the coronavirus — and why.

September 14, 2021

New Lafayette Square marker highlights role of slavery in building White House

Two other markers address Jacqueline Kennedy’s role in preserving the square and its history as a venue for protests.

July 28, 2021

Charlottesville to take down Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson statues Saturday

The Charlottesville statue had been the focus of the deadly Unite the Right rally in 2017.

July 9, 2021