Michelle Boorstein

Washington, D.C.

Religion reporter

Education: University of Wisconsin at Madison, BA in journalism and history; New York University, MA in Near Eastern studies

Michelle Boorstein's path to her dream job as a religion reporter began as a kid, trying to make sense of a kosher Jewish home that had three sets of dishes: meat, milk and Chinese food. Her career included covering a small town, where she met and profiled the president of the International Julio Iglesias Fan Club. It also included a decade with the Associated Press that took her from Providence to Phoenix to Afghanistan. Her introduction to the Post and the DMV area was as a roaming feature reporter covering outside-the-Beltway Virginia. Boorstein received her BA in journalism and history f
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The unfinished work of the March on Washington

Sixty years ago, some 250,000 Americans arrived by bus, by train and on foot to participate in the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. Now, marchers and organizers reflect on the goals of that day — and the work that still needs to be done.

August 25, 2023

What to know about covid-19 this fall

Today, what to know about covid boosters, the new variant and how to protect those most at risk this fall.

August 24, 2023

What a month of disasters tells us about climate change

A tropical storm in Southern California. Wildfires in Maui. Record-breaking heat in the Midwest. Climate reporter Brianna Sacks unpacks this summer of extreme weather, and what public officials can do to better prepare for future disasters.

August 23, 2023

A GOP debate without Trump

The first Republican primary debate of the 2024 election cycle is Wednesday, but front-runner Donald Trump won’t be there. In his absence, will another candidate be able to break out from the pack? Maeve Reston joins us to explain.

August 22, 2023

A life-and-death fight to ban ‘forever chemicals’

The kids at her school called it “cancer water.” There was even a group of them called the “cancer kids.” But when Amara developed a rare form of cancer at 15, the water — and the company contaminating it with chemicals — took center stage in the little time she had left.

August 21, 2023

‘The Justins’ seem like civil rights-era throwbacks. But 2023 isn’t 1968.

The two young Tennessee legislators gained a national platform after being expelled. How will their mix of religion and politics fly?

August 5, 2023

Artifacts meant for a White House party ended up at Mar-a-Lago. Awkwardness ensued.

The artifacts, which were initially supposed to be presented to Trump at the White House in 2019, ended up at Mar-a-Largo, Israeli officials said.

July 21, 2023

Disgraced ex-cardinal McCarrick not competent to stand trial, state expert says

McCarrick had already been judged incompetent by an expert for his defense.

June 29, 2023

Storied Baltimore Catholic family sues archdiocese, says sexual abuse led to death

Francis X. Gallagher Jr.'s adult children say the church and prominent lawyers ignored his abuse and suffering.

June 27, 2023

His 1956 complaint about Bible-reading in school changed history. He says things are worse now.

Schempp was a high school junior in suburban Philadelphia when he became involved in a lawsuit challenging a state law mandating Bible readings at school.

June 23, 2023