Manuel Roig-Franzia

Washington, D.C.

Feature reporter

Education: UCLA, BA in English; Northwestern University, Master's in journalism

Manuel Roig-Franzia is a feature writer in The Washington Post’s Style section, where he profiles national figures in the worlds of politics, the law and the arts. He previously served as bureau chief in Miami for The Post's National staff and in Mexico City for the Post's Foreign staff. He has covered U.S. and international presidential campaigns, the January 2010 Haiti earthquake and more than a dozen major hurricanes, including Katrina. He is the author of "The Rise of Marco Rubio," a biography of the Florida senator and former Republican presidential candidate. Roig-Franzia was born in S
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Can this ex-congressman show Trump the path to life after indictment?

Convicted for insider trading, Chris Collins got pardoned by Trump and found warm refuge in Florida — where crime is hardly a political liability and comebacks are always possible.

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Trump pardoned them. Now they’re helping him return to power.

President Trump’s unprecedented use of pardon power to benefit political and financial backers is paying dividends as he seeks to return to the White House.

December 2, 2023

Fraudster freed from prison by Trump faces prosecution under Biden

Philip Esformes, who was convicted of leading one of the largest-ever health-care frauds, was freed from prison by President Donald Trump. Now, President Biden’s Justice Department is moving to try him again.

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What’s it like to be prosecuted by Jack Smith?

In the federal cases against Donald Trump, all eyes are on special prosecutor Jack Smith, who is known for psyching out adversaries. But he’s also lost some high-profile battles.

October 3, 2023

Chilean writer Ariel Dorfman revisits the death of Salvador Allende

In Dorfman’s new novel, “The Suicide Museum,” the legacy of a slain president is entwined with climate change.

September 21, 2023

Nancy Yao out as Smithsonian women’s history museum boss

The former New York museum director was beset by criticism of her handling of sexual harassment allegations.

July 14, 2023

Uncovering modern slavery in D.C.’s suburbs

How a reclusive heiress’s past in suburban D.C. sparked a true-crime sensation in Brazil — and a national reckoning over modern-day slavery and the status of household servants.

June 7, 2023

The fugitive heiress next door

How a reclusive heiress’s past in suburban D.C. sparked a true-crime sensation in Brazil — and a national reckoning over the status of household servants

June 7, 2023

Smithsonian still waiting to install women’s history museum director

Nancy Yao’s start date has been delayed as officials await results of an investigation into retaliation claims at her past job.

June 5, 2023

Bill Cosby is facing a new sexual assault lawsuit

Cosby's accuser, Victoria Valentino, says she gained confidence from E. Jean Carroll’s civil court win against Donald Trump

June 1, 2023