Maggie Penman

Washington, D.C.


Education: Columbia University, Barnard College, BA in History

Maggie Penman is the Executive Producer of "Post Reports," The Washington Post's award-winning flagship daily news podcast. She previously reported and produced for NPR and its member stations, WGBH and WNYC. While at NPR, Penman helped launch the popular social science podcast "Hidden Brain," contributed breaking news and features reporting to the network, and worked as a producer on Morning Edition.
Latest from Maggie Penman

We’re in danger of falling off a ‘snow loss cliff.’ Here’s what that means.

New research shows that once snow loss starts, it accelerates rapidly, putting hundreds of millions of people at risk of losing snow crucial for water supply.

January 10, 2024

Harvard and the growing battle over DEI in America

Harvard’s first Black president, Claudine Gay, resigned this week amid pressure over plagiarism allegations and her comments about antisemitism on campus. For conservative activists, though, her downfall was a victory against diversity initiatives.

January 5, 2024

Attacks in Beirut and Baghdad, and fears of a wider war

A Hamas leader killed in Beirut. U.S. strikes in Baghdad. This week, tensions in the Middle East have been rising – and with them, the specter of a widening Israel-Gaza war. Our correspondent in Beirut joins us to explain what happened this week.

January 4, 2024

The recession that wasn't

It’s a new year and the economic forecast for 2024 is looking strong – but that doesn’t quite align with how many Americans feel. What does that mean for the president heading into an election year?

January 2, 2024

Applying for college after the end of affirmative action

The Supreme Court’s decision to end race-based affirmative action in college admissions sent counselors scrambling and students worrying about their chances. For two seniors, it made them totally rethink their applications – in very different ways.

December 27, 2023

Ava DuVernay on making a film her way

Some people said Isabel Wilkerson’s book “Caste” was unadaptable. The subject matter was too heavy and too academic. But Ava DuVernay had a vision – and she pursued an unusual funding model to get her new film “Origin” made.

December 26, 2023

What you don’t know about assisted living in America

Patients with memory problems walk away from assisted-living facilities just about every day in America; many die. The Post examines a pattern of neglect in America’s booming assisted-living industry.

December 21, 2023

Why science says kids should have fewer toys

‘Tis the season to buy toys. But research shows that less is more, for sustainability, and for kids’ play.

December 20, 2023

Is Israel running out of goodwill?

U.S. support of Israel’s war in Gaza has been unwavering – but as the civilian death toll climbs, international calls for a ceasefire are growing. Today, the mounting concern over Israel’s tactics and how the Biden administration is responding.

December 19, 2023

The climate clues buried under Greenland’s ice sheet

Scientists came to Greenland on an unprecedented mission to drill for rocks that would reveal the fate of the country’s fast-melting ice sheet. A sudden crack in the ice threatened their experiment.

December 14, 2023