Richard Cohen is a retired columnist and reporter who was born in New York City on February 6, 1941. He joined The Washington Post in 1968 as a reporter and covered night police, city hall, education, state government and national politics. As the paper’s chief Maryland correspondent, he was one of two reporters who broke the story of the investigation of former Vice President Agnew. In 1976, he began writing a column that ran on the front of the Metro section. His columns have appeared on the op-ed page of the Post since 1984. He wrote a weekly political column for the Post until September 2019. He is the co-author of A Heartbeat Away: The Investigation and Resignation of Spiro T. Agnew (1974). He has received the Sigma Delta Chi and Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild Awards for his investigative reporting.
"The Washington Post was a dangerous newspaper; dangerous if you were a lying politician, dangerous if you were a corrupt person."