Mikaela Lefrak with headphones on holding a WAMU microphone interviewing a man seated at a table



I host What’s With Washington, a WAMU podcast exploring the quirks and mysteries of the D.C. region. Check out 51st, our recent six-episode series on D.C.’s fight for representation.

My reporting has aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Weekend Edition, The World and Here & Now. My audio stories have won two regional Murrow Awards and a PMJA award.

Prior to transitioning into reporting, I produced podcasts and news segments for the New Republic, The World and WGBH’s Innovation Hub.


I’m a regular contributor to the Washington Post Magazine — most of my stories fall at the intersection of art and politics. My work has appeared in The Atlantic, The New York Times, The New Republic and DCist.

Real Life

Outside of work, you can probably find me playing coed softball, reading on the couch with my husband, or on the phone with one of my four older sisters. I’m a proud alumna of Middlebury College (bachelor’s in English and American Literature), Boston University (master’s in Broadcast Journalism) and AmeriCorps.

Contact me via email or Twitter.