About Petworth News

(Photo: Jason Hornick/Washington Post)

Petworth News is a community news site where you will find news and updates about the people and events in the Petworth and surrounding neighborhoods of Washington DC.

Petworth News was started on Facebook in early 2015 by Drew Schneider to provide local information, helping to keep neighbors informed and engaged with each other. The Petworth News website launched in June 2015 and was chosen by Washington City Paper readers as runner-up Best Community Blog in their 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 Readers' Choice Polls, was profiled by Curbed DC and named by The Washington Post as one of their favorite DC blogs. Drew received a Community Cornerstone Award from DC Councilmember Anita Bonds in December 2018 for his local activism.

Petworth News was in consideration for a 2018 Pulitzer Prize in Local Journalism for the story about Momma, a pitbull left out in the cold that went viral nationally and led to new animal welfare legislation in DC. 

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Drew Schneider
Founder / Writer

Drew is the founder and main 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, happy husband and a proud parent.

Drew is also a contributing writer to the Washington Post in its All Opinions Are Local section. Drew was profiled by the Washington Post as one of their favorite DC bloggers. (See more interviews with Drew on the #humblebrag page.)

You can learn a bit more about Drew and how the Petworth News blog came about by listening to a podcast interview from 2015 when the blog was first starting, or read his interview with CurbedDC about Petworth (after our neighborhood 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.

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.


Steven moved to Petworth in 2013, and he and his wife have since adopted three of the neighborhood's finest felines. He works in the biotech industry, programming robotic laboratory equipment. He writes the Petworth Blooming series about local color and flowers.

He enjoys gardening, hiking, carpentry and playing pickup soccer.  You can contact Steve with any plant or gardening questions you might have.

Phillip Ford

Phillip Ford is a 15-year seasoned photographer specializing in weddings, portfolios, professional/personal (studio), real estate photography, corporate and school events.  

A native Washingtonian, Phillip grew up in the NE corridor of DC and currently resides in Petworth. His belief is “a picture represents a life-long memory,” and that is what he captures in his photography. See more of his photos on his website infokuzproduction.

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.


Tamar is a Leadership Coach, living in the Crestwood neighborhood with her husband and two daughters. She works with individuals and organizations in DC to uncover and maximize their strengths. She loves writing and highlighting women business owners. You can read her blog posts and learn more about her at tamarlechter.com

In her down time, Tamar loves cooking, crosswords, rocking out to 80's music, and playing volleyball. 

Wanda is a native Washingtonian who lives in the Brightwood neighborhood. She writes "good news" stories for Petworth News, along with updates on Kennedy Street development. She loves photography, traveling around the world, and volunteering her time to breast cancer advocacy issues. 

Contact Wanda with any story ideas or say hello if you see her at the Fort Stevens Community Garden where she serves as president.

Rachel Maisler
Community Calendar Editor / Writer

Rachel has lived in Petworth since 2012, watching the neighborhood transform before eyes. She’s a health policy wonk by day, and an avid city cyclist who enjoys exploring DC and beyond. In her free time, she manages the Petworth News Community Calendar and writes a biking column for Greater Greater Washington called "Behind the Handlebars." 

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. 

Brandon Todd

Brandon Todd is the DC Councilmember representing Ward 4. He writes "Councilmember's Corner," a regular column on Petworth News. He is a native Washingtonian and attended Eastern Senior High School on Capitol Hill. He received his Bachelor's from Bowie State University and an MBA from Trinity Washington University. Brandon was elected as the fifth Councilmember representing Ward 4 for the District of Columbia on April 28th, 2015. 

You can connect with Brandon via his website or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagam

Robinson is a native Washingtonian, current Columbia Heights resident, a Woodrow Wilson High School alumnus, and an assistant professor of political science at Howard University, specializing in state and local politics and constitutional law.

You can email Robinson with story ideas on DC politics and can learn more about his writing and research on his website.

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

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