John Kelly

Washington, D.C.

Local columnist

Education: University of Maryland, BA in English

John Kelly writes John Kelly's Washington, a daily look at Washington's less-famous side. Born in Washington, John started at The Post in 1989 as deputy editor in the Weekend section. Since then, he has edited Weekend, founded KidsPost and been a general assignment reporter in Metro, and he has done journalism fellowships at Harvard and Oxford.
Latest from John Kelly

You can quote me: ‘Doesn’t anybody know how to use punctuation any more?’

I've given up hope of seeing proper apostrophes. Now even the quotation mark is at risk.

February 13, 2022

In 1902, a remarkable and charitable house opened in a part of Southwest D.C. known as Bloodfield

The Colored Social Settlement was part of the nationwide settlement house movement.

February 12, 2022

In the nickname of time: Readers weigh in on how best to shorten the Commanders moniker

When Washington's NFL team needed a new name, it chose Commanders. Now it needs a nickname.

February 9, 2022

Punk rock photos explode from the pages of a new coffee table book on the D.C. hardcore scene

In 1982, Jim Saah was a "bored, suburban" teenager with a loaner camera. The photos in his new book celebrate D.C.'s punk rock scene.

February 8, 2022

Two years in the making, a new pipe organ makes its debut this weekend in an Arlington church

A quality pipe organ is a complex, handmade marvel. St. George's Episcopal Church just took delivery of one.

February 7, 2022

Past-life experience: If you could pick any time to live in, when would it be?

Sure, the present is great. But do you ever think you might have been suited for a different time?

February 6, 2022

For decades, the Friendship House charity served children and families in a historic Capitol Hill building

The Maples is one of the oldest buildings in Washington. For decades it was home to Friendship House, a Capitol Hill charity.

February 5, 2022

The Washington Commanders: Pretty ‘meh,’ if you ask me

The English language has 171,146 words. Was "Commanders" really the best one to pick for Washington's NFL team?

February 2, 2022

While the cicadas of 2038 slumber, scientists are reviewing what they learned from 2021’s Brood X

Scientists are poring over what they learned from last year's cicada invasion.

February 1, 2022

D.C.-area fans of a British TV soap opera mourn its disappearance from WETA’s schedule

For years, some Washington Anglophiles have tuned into "EastEnders" on WETA. Now the show is gone.

January 31, 2022