Alexandra Petri

Washington, D.C.

Columnist offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day

Education: Harvard College, BA in English, Classics Secondary Field

Alexandra Petri is a Washington Post columnist offering a lighter take on the news and opinions of the day.

Petri is the author of the essay collections "Nothing Is Wrong And Here Is Why" and "A Field Guide to Awkward Silences." She joined The Post as an intern in 2010, after graduating from Harvard College.
Latest from Alexandra Petri

Chat with Alexandra Petri and tell her your jokes

Petri's Q&A with readers starts at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Submit your questions now.

December 13, 2022

Welcome to the Supreme Court’s hypothetical Christmas mall village!

Featuring Grandma Helen’s Protestant Provisions, and I’m Just A Chair Guy And I Know My Chairs Aren’t Speech!

December 7, 2022

Should we be afraid of robots? Alexandra Petri answered your questions.

Petri's Q&A with readers was at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Read the transcript.

December 6, 2022

Your gift guide to the General Services Administration auction website

Let surplus government purchases solve all your Christmas shopping needs!

December 6, 2022

I’ll say it: I do not think killer robots are a good idea

I understand that this remark is controversial. But what are columnists for, if not to take these bold stances?

December 3, 2022

GOP coalesces behind nameless, faceless Thing that is not McCarthy

All the previous speakers had had mouths. Mouths and names!

December 2, 2022

To be very clear, free speech is when you give me money

When you do not give me money, that is censorship.

November 30, 2022

What are your favorite holiday gifts? Alexandra Petri answered your questions.

Petri's Q&A with readers was at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Read the transcript.

November 29, 2022

Come to think of it, maybe I don’t understand cryptocurrency

You mean the stuff going on at FTX wasn't normal?

November 25, 2022

Why did the turkey cross the road? Alexandra Petri answered your questions.

Petri's Q&A with readers was at 11 a.m. ET on Tuesday. Read the transcript.

November 22, 2022