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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

In this March 18, 2021, file photo, students listen to a presentation in a health class in a Connecticut high school. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill, File) **FILE**

Lack of air conditioning sends Baltimore students home

Some Baltimore area schoolchildren, barely back in the classroom after COVID-19 shutdowns, were stuck at home again this week because of an even older malady: lack of air conditioning. Published June 8, 2021

In this June 12, 2020, file photo, Promise Goodwine, of Tampa, Fla., protests on a part of 16th Street renamed Black Lives Matter Plaza near the White House in Washington, over the death of George Floyd, a Black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) Photo edited for Best of 2020 list.

Police punished for speaking out against BLM

Police officers across the country have been fired, demoted or otherwise disciplined for social media posts that voice opposition to Black Lives Matter and violence during racial justice protests. Published May 16, 2021

A bill banning the teaching of critical race theory was passed and send to Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt to sign. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki File)

Critical race theory teach bans killed or stalled in many states

Lawmakers in at least a dozen states have introduced bills to stop schools from adopting a curriculum sweeping the country that teaches that White people are inherently racists, but only in Oklahoma has the legislation become law or gained traction. Published May 2, 2021

In this May 21, 2016, file photo, Nikole Hannah-Jones attends the 75th Annual Peabody Awards Ceremony at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)  ** FILE **

UNC hires ‘1619 Project’ author to teach journalism

The University of North Carolina has hired a journalism professor the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who developed The New York Times' "1619 Project," a series that reframed U.S. history with slavery and racism as the defining characteristic of the American story. Published April 29, 2021

Kiran Ahuja, the nominee to be Office of Personnel Management Director, appears before a Senate Governmental Affairs Committee hybrid nominations hearing on Capitol Hill, Thursday, April 22, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

Kiran Ahuja, racial justice activist, set to run OPM with likely Senate confirmation

President Biden's pick of racial justice and defund-the-police activist Kiran Ahuja to run the Office of Personnel Management is poised to advance Wednesday toward a vote by the full Senate, all but guaranteeing confirmation of another in a series of liberal activists chosen for high-ranking administration jobs. Published April 27, 2021