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 31, 2016, 1:54 PM EDT
The Department of Homeland Security announced on Aug. 15 the first federal grant funding available to non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and institutions of higher education that will “carry out countering violent extremism programs,” with $10 million to be awarded following the Sept. 6 application deadline.
August 31, 2016, 11:34 AM EDT
In a more than 3,900-word proclamation establishing 87,500 acres of the Katahdin Woods and Waters in Maine a national monument, President Barack Obama bypassed Congress and its power to create national parks – a move that has made some in the state unhappy, including the state’s governor, Republicans and an Independent lawmaker in the U.S. Congress.
August 30, 2016, 12:41 PM EDT
The 2016 Phil Delta Kappa International poll on the public’s assessment of public schools in the United States shows that a vast majority of respondents favor saving failing schools and a curricula that emphasizes technical/vocational skills over academics.
August 25, 2016, 7:07 PM EDT
Carol McBryant, the relevancy, diversity, and inclusion strategist for the National Park Service, said on Thursday that the continent belongs to indigenous people and that the most meaningful work she’s done during her 30 years with the federal agency is to “sit and listen” to them and “hear the pain” of their mistreatment. 
August 25, 2016, 12:50 PM EDT
Actress and left-wing activist Susan Sarandon said on Wednesday that the dangers posed by potential oil pipeline leaks and the mistreatment of Native Americans in the United States for “500 years” are reasons to oppose a four-state oil pipeline that includes land on the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation on the South Dakota-North Dakota border.
August 17, 2016, 3:22 PM EDT
Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) (yellow) attacking a human T cell. (National Institutes of Health)( – Gay and bisexual men comprised about 2 percent of the U.S.
August 16, 2016, 5:19 PM EDT
An official for the District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) told a Department of Education bullying summit on Friday that 15.3 percent of high school students in DCPS identify as either gay, lesbian, bisexual or “questioning” – i.e. not sure of their sexuality.
August 11, 2016, 7:35 PM EDT
When Haneefa De Clerq heard about Zika infections in Miami, Fla., she called the local television station to share her story about being the mother of two children born with microcephaly, a disease associated with the virus that can cause this and other birth defects.
August 11, 2016, 12:17 PM EDT
At a Capitol Hill press conference on Thursday, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said the Zika virus threat is “all about babies.”
August 10, 2016, 3:25 PM EDT
At a press briefing to release the 2015 International Religious Freedom Report at the State Department on Wednesday, David Saperstein, Middle East ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, told a reporter who asked if blasphemy laws were mainly a problem in Muslim countries that the United States still has those laws “on the books” in five states.
August 9, 2016, 3:42 PM EDT
When asked to explain the “new battlefield” faced by the U.S. military, Gen. Robert B. Neller, 37th commandant of the United States Marine Corps, said on Tuesday that the enemy’s capabilities mean that for the first time since World War II American troops are threatened by air power.
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.