About Petworth News

(photo: Jason Hornick/Washington Post)

Petworth News was started on Facebook in late fall 2014 by Drew Schneider to provide local information to Petworth and the surrounding neighborhoods, helping to keep neighbors informed and engaged with each other, which we believe is one of the best ways to ensure you live in a thriving neighborhood. The Petworth News website launched in June 2015 and was chosen as runner-up for Best Community Blog in the Washington City Paper 2017 and 2016 Readers' Choice Polls, was profiled by Curbed DC in January 2016 and named by The Washington Post as one of their favorite DC blogs in August 2016.

Petworth News is a community news blog where you will find facts and objective news about the people and events in our area, along with some snark and an occasional opinion or two.

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Editorial Staff & Contributing Writers


Drew Schneider
Founder / Lead Writer

Drew is the founder, editor and lead writer of Petworth News. He has lived in Petworth for more than a decade, once unsuccessfully ran for ANC (which led to this blog being inadvertently created) and is an unabashed geek and Apple fan, and a proud parent and husband.

Drew is also a contributing writer to the Washington Post in its All Opinions Are Local section. (Read the article about the partnership.) Drew was profiled by the Washington Post in August 2016 as one of their favorite DC bloggers. (See more interviews with Drew.)

You can learn a bit more about Drew and how the Petworth News blog came about by listening to a podcast interview from last year, or read his interview with CurbedDC about Petworth (after we totally won the Curbed Cup for the Best Neighborhood in DC). 

Drew takes responsibility for all content on this site, so contact him with questions, praise or criticism.


Zina is native to the DC area and is into organizing, arts and crafts, cooking and eating food, people watching, gratitude, travel, writing, volunteering, all things Harlem Renaissance, her family and friends and getting 8 hours of sleep.

She has aspirations to practice yoga more frequently and open a bed and breakfast one day. She also thinks 1996 was the best year in hip hop. You can contact Zina by email, and check out her personal blog VisionaryZ.


Darrell writes about legal issues that impact the Petworth community. He’s a native New Yorker who has lived in the DMV since 1994. He graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in May 1997 and has practiced law in the area for the past 18 years, including eight years with the DC Office of the Attorney General (OAG). Darrell lives in Brightwood where he recently launched The Chambers Firm LLC, practicing civil and criminal defense, employment discrimination, small business representation, and wills & estates. You can contact Darrell with story ideas on legal issues.

Obligatory legal statement: Darrell’s contributions or comments on Petworth News are for information / entertainment purposes only and are not intended as legal advice on any topic, and does not create an attorney-client relationship between the reader or any other person or entity and the Chambers Firm LLC and/or Petworth News, etc.


Adrienne is a Tennessee native (Go Vols!) who moved to DC in 2007. She has worked as a journalist, editor, and elementary school teacher.

She lives in north Petworth with her husband and two children. You can email Adrienne for story ideas dealing with schools or other topics.


Lois is a native Washingtonian and proud parent of two daughters who recently graduated from college. She is the founder and Director of the District of Columbia African American Legacy Foundation (DCAALF), a grassroots organization that helps underserved populations.

Lois is also the creator and producer of the The Pride and Promise of Petworth documentary. Ms. Cooper credits Petworth with helping her to develop into the person she is today. You can email Lois with questions or suggestions on articles about social issues.


Elissa writes feature-style human interest stories for Petworth News, often with a focus on health and wellness. A native Washingtonian, she now lives in 16th Street Heights with her husband and son. She works in communications and enjoys yoga and running in her spare time.

Contact Elissa with any story ideas or say hello when you see her at Qualia Coffee, one of her favorite Petworth spots.


Rachel Maisler
Community Calendar Editor / Writer

Rachel is thrilled to get back in touch with her journalistic roots by writing for Petworth News. She’s a dedicated public servant and an avid city cyclist who enjoys exploring DC and beyond. In her free time, she manages the Petworth News Community Calendar.

You can email Rachel about any new bike routes, general story ideas or Community Calendar questions. Check out her popular Instagram account HandleBarsDC.


Yuliya moved to Petworth in late 2016 and fell in love with the neighborhood's vibe and offerings. She's a former journalist and recovering lawyer, now working in international development. When she's not working, Yuliya loves to travel, try new food, drink red wine, and write (preferably at the same time!). Yuliya and her husband, Michael, chronicle some of their adventures through their blog, Window 3. You can email Yuliya with any story ideas, particularly human interest stories about interesting area residents. 


Anne is a German native who has lived in Washington, DC since 1997 – longer than anywhere else in her life. She moved to the Petworth/Brightwood/Manor Park in 2010. She works for an environmental non-profit organization and is also a part-time yoga teacher. Anne is a tough-as-nails soccer fan (German MNT and DCU) but has a soft heart for animals. You can email Anne for story ideas dealing with animals and public safety.


Drew doing the old school cool pose at the Petworth mural (Photo: Jason Hornick/Washington Post)

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