Dan Diamond

Washington, D.C.

National reporter investigating health politics and policy

Education: University of Pennsylvania, BA in history

Dan Diamond is a national health reporter for The Washington Post, focused on accountability, federal agencies and public health. He joined The Post in 2021 after covering the Trump administration for Politico, where he won a George Polk award for investigating political interference in the pandemic response. His investigations into a range of topics, including Trump officials' use of taxpayer-funded charter jets, not-for-profit hospitals' spending and how Congress stripped Pacific Islanders of their health coverage, have also been honored with several journalism awards.
Latest from Dan Diamond

A ‘whale’ of a tale: Trump continues to distort cognitive test he took

The Montreal Cognitive Assessment, a test aimed at detecting dementia or cognitive decline, never included the combination of animals Trump identified this week.

January 19, 2024

She filed a complaint after being denied an abortion. The government shut her down.

After an Oklahoma woman was told to wait in the parking lot until she got sicker, abortion rights advocates had hoped the hospital would be punished.

January 19, 2024

Chinese scientist filed covid sequence weeks before official release, records show

Public health experts said the episode illustrated a missed opportunity to learn more about the virus early in the global health emergency.

January 17, 2024

Marijuana reclassification proposed over lower public health risk, documents show

In recommending marijuana be reclassified to a Schedule III drug, the Department of Health and Human Services acknowledges its medical use for the first time.

January 13, 2024

White House weighs menthol ban amid dueling health, political pressures

Political advisers warn that President Biden could lose support by banning menthol cigarettes, the product of choice for many Black smokers.

January 10, 2024

Sanders targets high price of inhalers

The chairman of the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee is launching an investigation into the four largest manufacturers of inhalers in the United States, he told The Washington Post.

January 8, 2024

Florida surgeon general calls for halt on mRNA covid vaccines, citing debunked claim

Florida Surgeon General Joseph A. Ladapo’s false claims that mRNA coronavirus vaccines contaminate DNA imperils lives as respiratory viruses surge this winter.

January 3, 2024

Texas doctors do not need to perform emergency abortions, court rules

The ruling deals a blow to the White House’s strategy to ensure access to abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in 2022.

January 3, 2024

America has a life expectancy crisis. But it’s not a political priority.

No national strategy exists to reverse a years-long slide that has left the United States trailing peer nations in life expectancy.

December 28, 2023