Kelsey Ables


Reporter in the Seoul hub

Education: Columbia University, BA in art history and psychology, 2018

Kelsey Ables is a reporter at The Washington Post's Seoul hub, where she covers breaking news in the United States and across the world. She was previously on the Features desk, where she wrote about art, architecture and pop culture. Before joining The Post in 2019, she wrote about visual culture and contemporary art for Artsy. In 2018, she received a Princeton in Asia media fellowship to work as a reporter in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Latest from Kelsey Ables

E-cigarette firm Juul settles 5,000 lawsuits amid teen vaping concerns

The e-cigarette company will compensate people struggling with nicotine addiction, reimburse Juul customers and fund youth nicotine abatement programs.

December 7, 2022

Kirstie Alley, Emmy-winning ‘Cheers’ actress, dies at 71

Ms. Alley also starred in the sitcom “Veronica’s Closet” and the “Look Who’s Talking” comic movie franchise.

December 6, 2022

Hirshhorn breaks ground on long-debated sculpture garden redesign

At a ceremony presided over by Jill Biden, artists and museum leaders, the museum looks ahead to a more accessible future.

November 17, 2022

At COP 27, an artist asks attendees to feel climate change — literally

Bahia Shehab’s "Heaven and Hell in the Anthropocene" is an immersive installation that invites visitors to think about global warming with their bodies.

November 12, 2022

Sacheen Littlefeather may have lied about her identity. Does that matter?

After a startling op-ed alleged that recently deceased activist Sacheen Littlefeather was a fraud, heated discussions emerged about “policing” Native American heritage.

November 3, 2022

Hirshhorn museum plans major renovation once sculpture garden reopens

This modernization of the Hirshhorn’s interior and plaza will be the largest physical reimagining of the museum in its history

October 31, 2022

Smithsonian zeroes in on prime Mall spots for Latino and women’s museums

Now the Smithsonian must get approval from Congress to proceed with the locations on the southwest portion of the Mall, land that is controlled by the National Park Service.

October 27, 2022

Meet seven D.C. street artists whose works grace the city’s walls

You know their colorful art. Now find out what inspires them to take spray paint, brush or roller to the buildings of D.C.

October 27, 2022

More activists are gluing themselves to art. Their tactics aren’t new.

There’s a long history of such protests in museums — going back to an angry feminist and a hatchet.

October 27, 2022

Smithsonian gives back 29 Benin bronzes to Nigeria: ‘We are not owners’

Smithsonian Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III and National Gallery of Art Director Kaywin Feldman preside over a formal ceremony signing over the artifacts, which are expected to be displayed in the new Edo Museum of West African Art in Benin City.

October 11, 2022