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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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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Diner en Blanc: Where opulence meets Instagram’

Everyone attending Thursday night's Diner en Blanc, a fine dining flash mob that descended en masse upon Yards Park in Southeast Washington dressed only in white, could have used an extra set of hands. There were so many things that needed to be carried: the BYO tables and chairs, the floral arrangements, the gourmet picnic baskets, the fine china, the sparklers, the champagne -- so much champagne -- and, of course, the smartphone and DSLR camera.
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Superheroes on the Mall are dressed the part, but can they break a record?

It would have been the perfect time for a supervillain to strike. Friday at noon, many of the world’s superheroes — from Spider-Man to Iron Man to Storm — were immobilized in a dinky rope pen in front of the Capitol, leaving our country frightfully vulnerable to evil forces. It wasn’t the Bat-Signal that brought them there, but rather a Facebook invitation.
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Inside the Puppy Bowl, the visionary force behind online cute

NEW YORK - When reporters from the New Yorker, "NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams," "Good Morning America," the Associated Press and, yes, The Washington Post have all convened upon one event, it must be important. An appearance by the president. A press conference about dignified matters, with plenty of throat-clearing and questions taken at the end.
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Artists are fired up over doughnut shop's use of Cool 'Disco' Dan's name

"I hope you all support my new business venture Ben's Chilly Bowl, serving fro-yo and paying homage to an unaffiliated D.C. icon!" wrote one Facebook commenter. "Check out my new brownie shop, it's called Chuck Brown Brownie House," wrote another. "Now go-go get those brownies!" "It was such a playful, fun name.
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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.