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Manuel Roig-Franzia is a writer in The Washington Post’s Style section. He writes long-form pieces on a broad range of subjects, exploring politics, power and the culture of Washington, as well as profiling major political figures and authors.
In 11 years at The Post, Roig-Franzia has served as bureau chief in Miami for the National staff and in Mexico City for the Foreign staff. He’s covered U.S. and international presidential campaigns, the January 2010 Haiti earthquake and more than a dozen major hurricanes, including Katrina.
His wanderings have led him into the domain of drug cartels, down the streets of Havana and El Paso, into the food stalls of Mexico City markets and through the Everglades. He’s been just as likely to find himself in a governor’s office as strolling through the haze of barbecue smoke at “Uncle Earl’s Hog Dog Trials” in Winnfield, La., where Catahoula hounds chase wild boars through a rodeo ring. Besides writing for the Style section and for the front page, Roig-Franzia frequently contributes pieces for the Sunday magazine, Food, Travel and Book Review sections.
Roig-Franzia came to The Post from The New Orleans Times-Picayune, where he wrote about the colorful, four-time governor, Edwin Edwards, and learned how to make a mean gumbo.
He has a bachelor’s in English literature from UCLA and a master’s from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He has served as writer-in-residence at the University of Wisconsin. He was born in Spain and grew up in Northern California.
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