Lauren Lumpkin

Washington, D.C.

Reporter covering issues at local colleges and universities

Education: American University, MA journalism and public affairs; American University, BA public relations and strategic communication

Lauren Lumpkin is a local higher education reporter for The Washington Post. She joined The Post in 2020 after a year-long fellowship on the education desk. Before coming to The Post, Lumpkin covered public schools for the Capital Gazette and breaking news for the Baltimore Sun. She has previously contributed to the Nation and NBC Washington.
Latest from Lauren Lumpkin

University of Maryland Baltimore County joins ranks of the country’s research powerhouses

The University of Maryland Baltimore County has been recognized for its research intensity.

February 13, 2022

Amid nationwide enrollment drops, some HBCUs are growing. So are threats.

As overall college enrollment falls, larger historically Black colleges are welcoming more students. But old tensions have returned.

February 11, 2022

In Virginia, some students worry about a future without coronavirus vaccine mandates

Recent changes in the state’s government have delivered a blow to student organizers pushing for greater safety protocols.

February 5, 2022

FBI investigating HBCU bomb threats as a hate crime, suspects juveniles may be involved

The FBI is investigating a recent wave of bomb threats to historically Black colleges and universities as a hate crime, and has identified as many as six people — all juveniles — who investigators suspect were involved, officials familiar with the matter said.

February 2, 2022

Fear, anxiety follow third wave of bomb threats targeting HBCUs

For the third time in just a month, Howard University warned its campus on Tuesday of a bomb threat, part of a series targeting historically Black colleges and universities since the beginning of the year.

February 1, 2022

Virginia’s public universities drop coronavirus vaccine mandates after attorney general’s opinion

One by one, Virginia’s public universities appear to be falling into line with an opinion from the state's new attorney general, Jason S. Miyares (R), that they are not legally authorized to require students to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.

February 1, 2022

Incoming Georgetown Law official placed on administrative leave for tweets about Supreme Court pick

Ilya Shapiro, who last week apologized for now-deleted tweets about President Biden’s promise to nominate a Black woman for the Supreme Court, has been placed on administrative leave.

January 31, 2022

Virginia’s public colleges and universities can’t require coronavirus vaccine, new GOP attorney general finds

Republican Attorney General Jason Miyares issued an opinion that state universities and colleges cannot require the coronavirus vaccine for enrolling or attending in-person classes.

January 28, 2022

Incoming Georgetown Law administrator apologizes after tweets dean called ‘appalling’

An incoming Georgetown Law administrator is facing backlash for a series of tweets about President Biden's plans for a Supreme Court nominee.

January 27, 2022

District bill could expand college access for undocumented students

A new D.C. Council proposal would create a grant program for undocumented students in the District who want to attend college.

January 27, 2022