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

This daughter and dad are driven to photograph birds

“I’m trying to make my daughter into the most well-rounded person in the world that I can,” says dad.

July 12, 2022

A Fairfax County, Va., park is abuzz with beautiful hummingbird photos

“Their diminutive size and everchanging colors immediately attract you," says a photographer.

July 11, 2022

The birds and the bees can be tough for some birds

Think your dating life is hard? Imagine what songbirds go through.

July 10, 2022

Frank Lloyd Wright once designed a shimmering complex near Kalorama

"It will be an iridescent fabric with every surface showing of the finest quality," Wright wrote of Crystal City.

July 9, 2022

Do new signs on 16th Street NW point in the wrong direction?

The first time I saw the green arrows, something struck me as odd.

July 6, 2022

Alexandria’s tiny Monticello Park gains a big honor

At barely seven acres, Monticello Park punches above its weight for birds and birders.

July 5, 2022

A mainstay of the music scene is trading D.C. for Australia

“Everybody loves to hear this old-fashioned love story, where someone takes a chance, makes a commitment and buys in.”

July 4, 2022

The simple pleasures of a simple machine: The push lawnmower

No combustion engine. No exhaust smoke. Just the gentle whir of a spinning blade.

July 3, 2022

In 1922, D.C.’s Masons bought land for a massive temple near Kalorama

The Washington Hilton sits where the fraternal order planned an impressive set of buildings.

July 2, 2022

From Harry Truman: A lesson in paying it forward, one glove at a time

The time a young intelligence officer got a lesson in frugality from a president.

June 29, 2022