Best Washington Post Writer

Martin Weil
Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
The Jeff Bezos–era Washington Post plays host to all kinds of reporters, from quick-flip blog artists to Style section thumbsuckers. But no Post writer does it better than 50-year Post vet Marty Weil, who’s often tasked with turning tight-lipped, oddly phrased reports from government agencies into something readable. A graffitied police car, in Weil style, got an “unauthorized paint job.” A two-paragraph story on Metro trains hitting deer can fit in a Hamlet quote. One of Weil’s weather reports makes for good year-round life advice: “Maybe it will rain,” Weil writes. “Unlimber the umbrellas.”