Maura Judkis

Reporter, The Washington Post

Washington, D.C.

Maura Judkis

Maura Judkis is a reporter for the Washington Post. She has also written for U.S. News & World Report,, ARTnews, the Washington City Paper, and the Onion A.V. Club. She has appeared on MSNBC, PBS, Al Jazeera and numerous radio programs.


Miss World is the biggest beauty pageant you’ve never heard of. What’s it doing in Washington?

There is no swimsuit competition at Miss World. Miss Universe, sure: More body than brains. But Miss World? She’s all about charity and humanitarianism and talent. Let alone that the global pageant — which is considered more prestigious than Miss Universe — is happening right now, on the Maryland fringe of the nation’s capital, with a crowning Sunday at the new MGM National Harbor casino.
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A robot named Bruno helped make your pizza. Is it still ‘artisanal’?

When robots inevitably take over our planet, as the dystopian vision of science fiction writers foretells, we’ll lose our jobs, our freedom, our humanity. But take comfort in one thing the robots will provide for us lowly carbon-based life-forms: artisanal pizza. They’re already making it in a commercial kitchen in the heart of Silicon Valley: Two robots named Pepe and Giorgio squirt sauce on dough, and another robot, Marta, spreads it.
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Artisanal marijuana crabcakes: Is this the future of getting high?

As Matt Doherty wrapped up his cooking demonstration, a woman in the audience raised her hand to ask a question: How long would the cannabis-infused butter he had shown them how to make keep in the fridge? “I’ve never had it go bad,” replied Doherty, the manager of a Capitol Hill hydroponic supply store.
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This ‘burger pervert’ turned a fetish into a following. Now, can he make it last?

The day Mathew Ramsey went viral was nearly his last. It was March 8, 2014, and traffic to his over-the-top blog, PornBurger, had just gone through the roof after a mention on the technology website And as he was sitting at his kitchen table, watching it all happen, he took a bite of a ham sandwich and began to choke.
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Would you pay to make a reservation at a hot new restaurant? You might have to.

Making a restaurant reservation has become easier with web services like OpenTable. But when they are too easy to make, sometimes diners don't show up. New services, like pre-paid tickets, are looking to innovate the dining industry and guarantee patrons follow through on their reservations. Do you have a reservation?”.
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The Renwick is suddenly Instagram famous. But what about the art?

The exhibition is about amazement, marvel and awe. But as droves of Renwick Gallery visitors gape at the large-scale installation art in “Wonder,” the newly reopened museum’s inaugural show, curator-in-charge Nicholas Bell is more amazed by something else: their phones. Thanks to a few well-placed signs announcing “Photography Encouraged,” smartphones are omnipresent when you walk into the Renwick.
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Is posting support for Paris on Facebook narcissistic, or heartfelt?

We were in Paris, more than a mile from the attacks, enjoying a quiet Friday night dinner at an Alsatian restaurant, just as people on vacation do. Our first indication that something bad had happened wasn’t the sound of gunfire or explosions, but the buzz of a text from a family member back home: “Are you ok?”.
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Washington’s newest hot spot – long-neglected Ivy City

This is Ivy City, a small neighborhood off New York Avenue NE. Now, much of it is in the hands of one man. Who plans to make it big. When developer Doug Jemal stands on the front steps of his new apartment development in the former Hecht Warehouse in Northeast Washington, gazing out at the panorama before him, he’s like a monarch surveying his kingdom: Almost everything, as far as the eye can see, belongs to him.
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Lost something in the National Building Museum’s beach? It’s not the only phone in the sea.

On the other side of the globe, in a whirl of commingling currents, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch is the repository for the ocean’s debris. Here in Washington, in a smaller ocean, explorers are on the verge of discovering a similar phenomenon: the National Building Museum’s Great iPhone Vortex. It has happened nearly 100 times this summer: A visitor goes to the museum’s exhibition “The Beach,” an all-white seascape of plastic balls by Snarkitecture, and belly-flops into the “water.”.
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You ordered that latte two hours ago? ‘Think about leaving the coffee shop.’

You can get an espresso at Bread Furst, or a baguette, or a perfect piece of pie. But if you want to get some work done, be prepared: Owner Mark Furstenberg just might ask you to move along. The James Beard Award-nominated baker sees his Van Ness cafe as a neighborhood gathering place — not a second office for ever more prevalent teleworkers.
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Amy Brandwein doesn’t answer to ‘Roberto Donna’s girl’

All Amy Brandwein asks for is one — just one — day when she doesn’t have to answer questions about her old boss. But her old boss is Roberto Donna, the controversial star chef of the former Galileo empire, and today will not be that day. “People ask me about him probably three times a day,” said Brandwein.
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Artisphere: ‘Doomed from the start’

When the arts complex Artisphere opened in 2010, it was envisioned as the savior of culture-starved Rosslyn, a dream space for emerging artists and a millennial-friendly hangout in the Concrete Canyon. “I coined the line that we were proof that there was ‘life after 5’ in Rosslyn,” former Artisphere director Jose Ortiz said.
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Maura Judkis

Maura Judkis is a reporter for the Washington Post, covering culture, food and the arts. She has also written for U.S. News & World Report,, ARTnews, the Washington City Paper, and the Onion A.V. Club. Maura has appeared on local and international TV and radio, including MSNBC, PBS, and Al Jazeera. She is a 2007 graduate of the George Washington University, and a 2011 arts journalism fellow with the National Endowment for the Arts and the University of Southern California.