Penny Starr joined in January 2008 after working for more than 25 years in print media as an editor and senior manager. She has worked at newspapers and magazines in her native state of California, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina and now the nation’s capitol. As a senior staff writer at, Starr covers Congress, the White House and D.C. think tanks on issues ranging from domestic energy, to immigration, health, homeland security and religious freedom and also reports on a wide range of cultural issues. Starr has won numerous awards as a reporter, editor, columnist and photographer.

My Articles

August 5, 2016, 10:42 AM EDT
Lianna Rebolledo’s childhood was shattered when she was raped by two men when she was 12 years old, but today she tells others who have faced the same horror that the daughter she gave birth to nine months later changed everything.
August 5, 2016, 10:25 AM EDT
Conservatives say the United States Supreme Court made the right move in temporarily halting a U.S. District judge’s order that would require schools in Gloucester County, Va., to allow a biological female who identifies as a male to use the boy’s bathroom.
August 4, 2016, 3:37 PM EDT
Calling it a “health initiative,” one of the biggest peddlers of pornography is offering free pornography to anyone in Brazil as a way to avoid contracting the Zika virus through sexual contact during the Olympic summer games in Rio de Janeiro.
August 3, 2016, 11:45 AM EDT
At a briefing on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, experts on the hepatitis C virus said it is spreading, with a 150 percent increase in diagnosed cases in recent years in the United States and some 3.5 million Americans infected with the blood-borne disease.
August 2, 2016, 10:53 AM EDT
The American Academy of Pediatrics published a report in the August issue of Pediatrics that includes a recommendation that pediatricians talk to children and adolescents about sex, including time with teens when their parents are not present.
August 1, 2016, 12:17 PM EDT
A military expert said on Friday that the United States Air Force’s readiness is at stake because of aging equipment, decades of engagement and a lack of effort to modernize the country’s military.
July 29, 2016, 3:17 PM EDT
The head of a human rights organization dedicated to helping save the Yazidis in Iraq and Syria from kidnapping, rape and death at the hands of Islamic terrorists said at a conference on Thursday that the world cannot expect the Yazidis to reconcile with the perpetrators and others in the region while thousands of women and girls are still being held captive, many of whom are “being raped every day.”
July 28, 2016, 4:53 PM EDT
U.N. Special Rapporteur Maina Kiai. ( Starr)
July 27, 2016, 5:03 PM EDT
The U.S. State Department and the Department of Homeland Security announced on Tuesday that they are allowing children and adults from several Central America countries “resettlement” in the United States, after a “pre-screen” interview in Costa Rica and “processing” by the United Nations’ refugee agency, UNHCR.
July 26, 2016, 3:49 PM EDT
A former adviser to President George W. Bush and a scholar on children and poverty said on Tuesday that almost all experts agree that children are better off when raised in a home with married parents.
July 25, 2016, 2:40 PM EDT
Family and faith advocates are responding to the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) decision last week to move its 2017 All-Star Game from the planned venue in Charlotte, North Carolina because of the state’s law requiring people to use public bathrooms and lockers that match their biological sex.
July 22, 2016, 2:52 PM EDT
Virginia Democratic Senator Tim Kaine met behind doors with illegal aliens on Thursday at a Unitarian Church in Arlington, Va., before meeting with reporters to tell them he had a “very, very good discussion,” and compared immigration to a blood transfusion for the country.
July 22, 2016, 10:18 AM EDT
The Fort Worth Independent School District in Texas has altered its policy dealing with transgender students to include parents in decisions made for their children who attend the public schools.
July 15, 2016, 9:40 PM EDT
The United States Department of Agriculture’s Food and Nutrition Services Program announced it will serve more than 200 million free meals to children 18 and younger during the summer break.
July 14, 2016, 7:14 PM EDT
Agricultural and farm workers who feel their employers are not complying with federal worker protection standards should not call Ghostbusters – but the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA administrator Gina McCarthy said Thursday.
July 14, 2016, 3:02 PM EDT
Former Secretary of State and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told attendees at the League of United Latin American Citizens’ (LULAC) annual conference in Washington, D.C. on Thursday that they are not “intruders” and some may have been here before the U.S. was founded.