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James Varney

James Varney

James Varney is a national correspondent for The Washington Times. A graduate of Wesleyan and the Columbia Journalism School, he spent decades with The Times-Picayune, including a 5-year stint as the paper's Latin America correspondent and two embedded tours with the Army and the Marines in Iraq in 2003. He was a member of the New Orleans-based reporting team that won two Pulitzer Prizes for Hurricane Katrina coverage in 2006. In sports, he covered both LSU's national championship in 2007 and the Saints victory in Super Bowl XLIV. He can be reached at jvarney@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by James Varney

Screen capture from GiveSendGo.com, a Christian crowdfunding website.

Christian crowdsourcing site sees phenomenal growth

When Heather Wilson and her younger brother, Jacob Wells, launched the crowdfunding platform GiveSendGo, they did not intend it to be an option for those who run afoul of Big Tech's politics. But it has turned out that way. Published July 20, 2021

The ramshackle Isle de Jean Charles Social Club is intended as a joke by one of the Louisiana island's three dozen residents, who are to be resettled by the state government via a $50 million project. The island is slowly disappearing in the Gulf of Mexico. (James Varney/The Washington Times)

Louisiana ‘climate refugees’ lose faith in relocation project

Five years into a nearly $50 million federal grant to move this Gulf community threatened by rising sea levels, a new house has yet to be built. Officials say that will change by the end of the year, but on the isolated island people say they have heard that one before. Published July 8, 2021

John Bitzan teaching at North Dakota State University, where he is the director of the Sheila and Robert Challey Institute for Global Innovation & Growth. (Photo courtesy of Mr. Bitzan)

College students aren’t proud to be Americans: Study

Economist John Bitzan and psychologist Clay Routledge routinely endure the long, harsh winters of North Dakota, so the element they want to boost in college classrooms is perhaps unexpected: optimism. Published July 6, 2021

In this May 18, 2021, file photo, a teacher, center, and her third grade students wear face masks and are seated at proper social distancing spacing during as she conducts her class in Rye, N.Y. In response to a push for culturally responsive teaching that gained steam following last year's police killing of George Floyd, Republican lawmakers and governors have championed legislation to limit the teaching of material that explores how race and racism influence American politics, culture and law. The measures have become law in Tennessee, Idaho and Oklahoma and bills have been introduced in over a dozen other states. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Critical race theory at heart of clash with Virginia PTA, say Thomas Jefferson parents

The Virginia PTA is vowing to revoke the charter of a newly elected chapter at one of the nation's best public high schools, a move it says was prompted by several factors including unethical campaigning and bullying but that supporters of the new board say is in fact rooted in opposition to critical race theory. Published July 1, 2021

In this Sept. 3, 2020, file photo, students keep social distance as they walk to their classroom in Highwood, Ill., part of the North Shore school district. In response to a push for culturally responsive teaching that gained steam following last year's police killing of George Floyd, Republican lawmakers and governors have championed legislation to limit the teaching of material that explores how race and racism influence American politics, culture and law. The measures have become law in Tennessee, Idaho and Oklahoma and bills have been introduced in over a dozen other states. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

Critical race theory corrupting U.S. civics education, new study charges

Two-thirds of American parents oppose schools' adoption and teaching of critical race theory -- the reinterpretation of U.S. history that says slavery and racism, not freedom and equality, are the country's defining characteristics -- according to a study published last week. Published June 16, 2021