Will Sommer

Washington, D.C.

Conservative media and conspiracy theories

Education: Georgetown University, BS in International Politics

Will Sommer is a media reporter for the Style section, specializing in covering conservative media and conspiracy theories. He's the author of "Trust the Plan: The Rise of QAnon and the Conspiracy That Unhinged America," a book covering the QAnon movement. Before starting at The Washington Post in May 2023, he worked for The Daily Beast as a politics reporter and the host of the 'Fever Dreams' podcast.
Latest from Will Sommer

Fox News sued for defamation by man named in Jan. 6 conspiracy theories

Ray Epps says Tucker Carlson falsely presented him as a "scapegoat" for the Capitol insurrection.

July 12, 2023

‘Sound of Freedom’ is a box office hit whose star embraces QAnon

"Sound of Freedom," a low-budget film about child sex trafficking, almost topped the box office. But its star Jim Caviezel has linked it to the QAnon movement.

July 7, 2023

GQ pulls article slamming Warner Bros. Discovery CEO Zaslav after complaint

GQ altered and then ultimately deleted an article critical of Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav after Zaslav's camp complained.

July 5, 2023

ProPublica, lauded journalism nonprofit, is latest newsroom to unionize

It is under fewer financial strains than its corporate peers but staffers want a union anyway.

June 21, 2023

The bitter strike at Insider — longest ever in digital media — is over

Striking staffers at digital website Insider signed a deal end their 13-day strike, the longest ever in digital media.

June 15, 2023

Fred Ryan to leave Washington Post after nine years as publisher

Ryan, chief executive of The Post for most of the decade since Jeff Bezos bought it, will lead a new center at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation

June 12, 2023

Tucker Carlson drops first episode of bare-bones Twitter show

Tucker Carlson's 10-minute monologue on Twitter included criticism of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and talk of UFOs.

June 6, 2023

Behind-the-scenes videos of Tucker Carlson were leaked. Was it a crime?

Investigators are probing Media Matters' Tucker Carlson videos as a possible hack of Fox News. But a lawyer for Timothy Burke says he acquired public data.

June 1, 2023

Project Veritas sues founder James O’Keefe over his messy departure

Conservative undercover-camera group Project Veritas sued its founder James O'Keefe on Wednesday, alleging he had broken his contract by disparaging its board.

May 31, 2023

Washingtonian staff scores win in clash over remote work, covid policies

Two years after Washingtonian owner Cathy Merrill enraged staff by calling for a return to the office, a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board.

May 23, 2023