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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

Articles by James Varney

Susan Greene Woodfin is aware of discrimination and expertly hides some bitterness based on personal experience, but her myriad successes and unflappable demeanor belie the perceived status quo about race in America, which often paints an unremittingly bleak picture. (Photo courtesy of Susan Green Woodfin)

Susan Woodfin successes contradict race status quo

It would be easy for Louisiana Dairy Queen customers to assume Susan Greene Woodfin is just another Black woman earning hourly wages, but the woman serving up Blizzards is the owner of the location. Published April 11, 2021

In this file photo, an empty hallway is shown at a school in Detroit, Mich., Monday, Feb. 8, 2021.  Associated Press) ** FILE **

Parents Defending Education fights critical race theory in schools

A group of parents alarmed by what they see as left-wing indoctrination sweeping through K-12 schools on Tuesday announced a new online clearinghouse of information designed to help families navigate what's happening in their children's classrooms. Published March 30, 2021

A talk radio columnist notes that "nobody can" replace talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. Guests hosts have been filling in since late December. (Associated Press)

Rush Limbaugh, voice of American conservatism, dead at 70

Rush Limbaugh virtually created the position of conservative talk radio host, and the medium made him both an architect of the modern right in the U.S. and a very wealthy man. Week after week, from his "golden microphone" and studio in "sunny southern Florida," Mr. Limbaugh's often trenchant and humorous -- and almost as often controversial -- three-hour weekday show delighted conservatives and infuriated liberals. Published February 17, 2021

Ginger Gentile

Filmmaker Ginger Gentile won’t let kids be collateral damage of divorce

Documentary filmmaker Ginger Gentile refuses to let children's plight be written off as the collateral damage of divorce. She is also determined to change longstanding customs and laws for custody and child support that are supposed to protect children but which she says often destroy families. That's the aim of Ms. Gentile's "Erasing Family" documentary and hashtag campaign that started in Argentina in 2014. Published February 15, 2021