Joe Heim

Washington, D.C.

Regional general assignment reporter covering a range of topics including race, politics, history, crime and culture.

Education: University of California at Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism, master's; Villanova University, BA in English

Joe Heim has been with The Washington Post as an editor and reporter since 1999. He covers social issues, race, politics, protests and the occasional forest fire. Heim was born in Morocco and lived in Kenya and Haiti before moving to the Philadelphia suburbs in the sixth grade. He is a graduate of Villanova University and the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism.
Latest from Joe Heim

Rare dinosaur bone bed discovered in D.C. suburb

Officials announced the discovery of a dinosaur bone bed in Laurel, Md., just outside of D.C. It's the first of its kind found in Maryland since 1887.

July 12, 2023

They served decades in prison for a crime they say they didn’t commit

After serving sentences of 21 to 39 years for a 1984 murder in Washington, these six men are still fighting to clear their names.

July 6, 2023

Patriotic Fourth in Washington, with uncertainty about future

As the country turned 247 years old, some revelers temporarily set aside partisan rancor for parades and other festivities. But some felt a sense of unease.

July 4, 2023

Interrupted by the pandemic, D.C. summer interns are back in person

In-person summer internships have returned to Washington D.C. for the first time since the pandemic began.

June 25, 2023

Seeking adventure, a 62-year-old woman kayaks the entire Potomac solo

Cathy Brennan is kayaking the length of the Potomac alone. The 62-year-old artist and photographer has kayaked several complete rivers in the eastern United States.

June 23, 2023

After 66 years, a treasured store in Middleburg will shut its doors

After more than six decades, a small retail shop in the heart of Virginia hunt country will close in July and leave a hole for many in the town of Middleburg.

June 14, 2023

81 years after Pearl Harbor, a civilian-led effort to identify remains

A Virginia real estate agent has taken on a project to identify the remains of 85 or more sailors and Marines killed aboard the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.

June 7, 2023

Oatlands, a historic Virginia home, is at center of bitter legal fight

The historic Oatlands Home and Gardens in Virginia is embroiled in a battle over money and vision for the property.

May 10, 2023

Descendants of enslaved, enslavers gather for reconciliation talks in Va.

Descendants of the enslaved and enslavers tied to the plantation home of George Washington Parke Custis and Robert E. Lee gathered at the grounds.

April 26, 2023

How to deal with the crape myrtle bark scale

For the most part, bark scale doesn’t kill crape myrtle trees, but it does cause problems. Here’s what experts have to say about treatment and prevention.

April 21, 2023