Marisa Iati

Washington, D.C.

General Assignment reporter

Education: M.A. in Journalism and Public Affairs, American University; B.A. in American Studies, University of Notre Dame

Marisa Iati is a reporter for the General Assignment News Desk at The Washington Post. She previously worked at the Star-Ledger and NJ.com in New Jersey, where she covered municipal mayhem, community issues, education and crime. She also covered white-collar crime at Global Investigations Review while living in Washington and cataloging the District’s best coffee shops in her spare time.
Latest from Marisa Iati

Hertz claims thousands of renters steal cars. Customers argue they’ve been falsely accused.

Hundreds of customers say they were arrested or served jail time after the rental car company reported them to police for stealing vehicles they had properly paid for.

February 11, 2022

Her execution date looming, a mother maintains innocence in 2-year-old daughter’s death

Scheduled to be put to death in Texas in April, Melissa Lucio is arguing that her daughter Mariah's death was an accident.

February 10, 2022

Fatal police shootings in 2021 set record since The Post began tracking, despite public outcry

The new count is up from 1,021 shootings the previous year, despite sustained public attention to and controversy over police use of force. While reaching a new high, experts said the 2021 total was within expected bounds.

February 9, 2022

A new attitude toward the pandemic seems to be taking shape. But we’ve been here before.

Fatigued, frustrated and frazzled by five surges over two years, some parts of the U.S. population have decided to simply live with the coronavirus and move on.

February 6, 2022

Watch a mischievous parrot steal a GoPro and capture a bird’s-eye view of New Zealand

With the camera still recording, the parrot soars across a tree-covered hillside before landing on a rocky outcrop and pecking at the device.

February 4, 2022

National Butterfly Center closes after repeated threats stemming from false sex-trafficking claims

The Texas preserve's indefinite closure comes shortly after the center shut down for three days last weekend, citing “credible threats” from a former state official regarding a nearby border-security rally.

February 3, 2022

An officer in Breonna Taylor’s shooting is going to trial. To some activists, ‘it means nothing.’

Jury selection will begin next week in the case of former officer Brett Hankison, who is accused of recklessly shooting into a neighboring apartment. No one has been charged with killing Breonna Taylor, a 26-year-old Black emergency room technician.

February 3, 2022

Fingerprints on a purse link a man to a killing, police say. He says it’s because he sold bags.

Charles Wright told the Los Angeles Times that he was innocent and that detectives found his fingerprints on the victim's purse because he had been selling purses, shoes and clothes from his car trunk at the time of the killing.

January 31, 2022

A bot tried to ruin Wordle by posting the next day’s answer. Twitter suspended the account.

The @wordlinator account appeared to automatically reply to tweets sharing results with a snarky message and the next answer — a pointed way to ruin the game because Wordle only changes the word once a day.

January 25, 2022

A woman put an AirTag in one of her boxes and caught her mover lying about his location

When the truck driver said he was in Colorado, Valerie McNulty pointed out that the Bluetooth tracker showed that he was many states away.

January 24, 2022