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Welcome to The Washingtonian

Dear Readers,

For more than 45 years, The Washingtonian has been the magazine that Washington lives by. The print magazine has been an important resource for Washingtonians on the best restaurants, lawyers, doctors, designers, and wedding professionals, and the Washingtonian website today stands as the leading online resource on how to get the most out of the capital region. We are the number one city and regional magazine in the country in market penetration.

Every feature and article in the magazine seeks to help our readers live better and understand how Washington works, as well make the capital region a better place for all who live here.

The print magazine, read each month by some 400,000 Washingtonians, has a long tradition of award-winning journalism. Under my predecessor, Jack Limpert, The Washingtonian won five National Magazine Awards, including recognition for public service and reporting, and was a finalist more than 20 times. In recent years, the magazine has also been honored with awards for its reporting on education and local emergency rooms. Our series in 2008 by reporter John Pekkanen about the health impacts of childhood lead poisoning lead the District finally to reform its laws and require property owners to test for lead dust and residue if young children will occupy the building.

When I took the helm of this publication in 2009, I pledged to our staff to keep the magazine focused on both reader service and great explanatory journalism. In any given month, you can find in The Washingtonian stories criss-crossing the region from Tysons' Corner to Silver Spring, Georgetown to Alexandria, and every point in between. Both online and in print, the magazine's Capital Comment section is a lively mix of trends and gossip, and our Best Bites sections keep local foodies up to date on chefs, bars, and dining hotspots. Beyond those sections, we try to fill each issue with profiles of Washington's most interesting and influential people. Many ambassadors and military generals posted overseas still subscribe to keep up-to-date with what's happening back in the capital, and while our focus is Washington as a whole, we're a leading source of information for many on Capitol Hill.

Covering a region as diverse in interests, people, and work as Washington requires constant input and communication with our readers. We always welcome suggestions for stories, profiles, trends, and topics. If you have any suggestions, tips, or ideas, please let us know by email at or on Twitter, where we're in regular contact with our readers and followers.

Please let us know how we can improve the magazine and make your life better.


Garrett M. Graff

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