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Martin Di Caro

Martin Di Caro

Martin Di Caro brings 25 years of broadcast journalism experience to the Washington Times. He has won numerous prestigious awards throughout his career in major media markets across the country. Before coming to the Times, Martin was a news anchor at Bloomberg Radio’s Washington bureau. From 2012 to 2017, he covered transportation at NPR member station WAMU 88.5 in Washington, where his work on the yearslong Metrorail crisis earned Martin his second Edward R. Murrow award, which included hosting the radio station’s first podcast, Metropocalypse. Martin worked as a reporter for AP Radio in New York and Washington for eight years starting in 2008. He lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. and his interests include reading history and following his beloved New York Jets. He can be reached at

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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping waves as he chairs the ASEAN-China Special Summit to commemorate the 30th Anniversary of ASEAN-China Dialogue Relations via video link from Beijing, China on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. Xi on Monday said his country will not seek dominance over Southeast Asia or bully its smaller neighbors, amid ongoing friction over the South China Sea. (Huang Jingwen/Xinhua via AP)

History As It Happens: Xi Jinping forever

Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping now have company in the pantheon of China's revered leaders. The ruling communist party is revising and using history to chart the way forward. Published November 22, 2021

A student holding a U.S. flag upside down stands atop the steps at the Idaho Capitol Building Monday, April 26, 2021, in downtown Boise. The Idaho Senate has approved legislation aimed at preventing schools and universities from "indoctrinating" students through teaching critical race theory, which examines the ways in which race and racism influence American politics, culture and the law. (Darin Oswald/Idaho Statesman via AP) **FILE**

History As It Happens: The endless battle over history

Critical race theory has become a catch-all term, turning history classes into a battleground in America's culture wars. An acclaimed historian says the controversy could thwart the teaching of uncomfortable subjects. Published November 15, 2021

Shauna Andrus, left, a nurse volunteering at the University of Washington Medical Center, gives the first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Emmy Slonecker, 7, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Seattle. Last week, U.S. health officials gave the final signoff to Pfizer's kid-size COVID-19 shot, a milestone that opened a major expansion of the nation's vaccination campaign to children as young as 5. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

History As It Happens: Heading toward herd immunity

Historian John Barry, author of "The Great Influenza," says the U.S. might achieve herd immunity relatively soon, but thousands more Americans could needlessly die from COVID-19 this winter. Published November 10, 2021

People who were marching to the prime minister's residence to demand justice for the assassination of Haitian President Jovenel Moise run from tear gas fired by police in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Matias Delacroix)

History As It Happens: The sorrow of Haiti

Since its independence more than 200 years ago, Haiti has not escaped a cycle of poverty, violence, and instability. Its history explains why. Published October 25, 2021

Midshipman Brianna Key and the University of Arizona Navy ROTC color guard present the colors during ceremonies at the University of Arizona, Tucson, Saturday, Dec. 7, 2019 commemorating the USS Arizona and Pearl Harbor Day.  The 1941 aerial assault killed more than 2,300 U.S. troops. Nearly half — or 1,177 — were Marines and sailors serving on the USS Arizona, a battleship moored in the harbor. The vessel sank within nine minutes of being hit, taking most of its crew down with it.  (Kelly Presnell/Arizona Daily Star via AP)

History As It Happens: The controversial origins of ROTC

Today the Reserve Officers' Training Corps is considered an important pillar of the U.S. military establishment, but its prosaic presence obscures its controversial birth. Once upon a time, many Americans feared "Prussianism." Published October 18, 2021

President Joe Biden walks to the Quad summit with, from left, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, in the East Room of the White House, Friday, Sept. 24, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

History As It Happens: The Quad

The possibility of war over Taiwan's unresolved fate, an impasse dating to 1949, is overshadowing the development of the Biden administration's soft power approach to confronting China's economic coercion in the Indo-Pacific. Published October 11, 2021

FILE - This 1975 file electronmicrograph from the Centers for Disease Control shows the smallpox virus. Government officials say workers cleaning a storage room at the National Institute of Health's campus in Maryland made a startling discovery last week _ decades-old vials of smallpox forgotten in a cardboard box. (AP Photo/CDC, File)

History As It Happens: Our first scourge

A historian explains how colonists, the enslaved, and Native Americans dealt with the decade-defining smallpox epidemic of the 1770s. Published October 4, 2021

Ronald Reagan and Dwight Eisenhower in 1966    Associated Press photo

History As It Happens: Ignoring Eisenhower

Sixty years ago Eisenhower warned the nation about the dangers of the "military-industrial complex." We ignored him, and correcting course seems close to impossible. Published September 29, 2021

In this Oct. 11, 1982, file photo, first lady Nancy Reagan speaks at the first national conference of the National Federation of Parents for Drug-Free Youth in Washington. “Many people think drug prevention is ‘just say no,’ like Nancy Reagan did in the '80s, and we know that did not work,” said Becky Vance, CEO of the Texas-based agency Drug Prevention Resources, which has advocated for evidence-based, anti-drug and anti-alcohol abuse education for more than 85 years. (AP Photo/Barry Thumma, File)

History As It Happens: America’s longest war

Fifty years after Richard Nixon declared drug use "public enemy number one" and decades after Nancy Reagan's "Just Say No," the disastrous war on drugs carries on with no end in sight. Published September 27, 2021

File - In this Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019 file photo a man walks through the gate of the Sachsenhausen Nazi death camp with the phrase 'Arbeit macht frei' (work sets you free) during International Holocaust Remembrance Day in Oranienburg, about 30 kilometers (18 miles), north of Berlin, Germany. German prosecutors say they have charged a 100-year-old man with 3,518 counts of accessory to murder on allegations he served as an SS guard at the Nazis’ Sachsenhausen concentration camp on the outskirts of Berlin. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, file)

History As It Happens: Forgetting the Holocaust

Knowledge of the Holocaust among adults and young people is superficial. Experts say the fading memory is not unrelated to a resurgence of anti-Semitism in the U.S. and Europe. Published September 22, 2021