Penny Starr joined in January 2008 after working for more than 25 years in print media as an editor and senior manager. She has worked at newspapers and magazines in her native state of California, Nevada, Oregon, Texas, South Carolina and now the nation’s capitol. As a senior staff writer at, Starr covers Congress, the White House and D.C. think tanks on issues ranging from domestic energy, to immigration, health, homeland security and religious freedom and also reports on a wide range of cultural issues. Starr has won numerous awards as a reporter, editor, columnist and photographer.

My Articles

August 27, 2015, 6:01 PM EDT
Addiction to pornography affects millions of men and women in the United States, and many of those people identify themselves as Christians, according to a 2014 survey produced by a Christian organization dedicated to fighting it.
August 27, 2015, 4:40 PM EDT
Almost two dozen black pastors and leaders of the pro-life movement held a rally Thursday on the steps of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery to demand the removal of a bust of eugenicist and Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger that is in the museum's “Struggle for Justice” exhibit.
August 26, 2015, 1:46 PM EDT
As the mom of a one-time soccer goalie, I know too well that keeping the other team from scoring is the main event, but for a goalie on the University of Texas at Austin’s soccer team, it was about saving a goal and scoring a goal in one fell swoop.
August 25, 2015, 8:34 PM EDT
Health and Human Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced last week that the agency is spending $4.2 million in “funding awards” to “enhance native language revitalization efforts.”
August 25, 2015, 1:49 PM EDT
A sports columnist for the Orlando Sentinel said people ask him why he wants to see Tim Tebow succeed in his professional football career and his reasons have nothing to do the game.
August 25, 2015, 11:22 AM EDT
Speaking at a Clean Energy Summit in Las Vegas on Monday, President Barack Obama said the U.S. does not “rely on bluster or bravado” when it comes to foreign policy, specifically when it comes to preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons.
August 24, 2015, 12:29 PM EDT
Teachers heading back to the classroom will be adding renewable energy to the curriculum to mold future “energy leaders to save the planet,” thanks to a summer training program run by the Department of Energy (DOE) and the Smithsonian Science Education Academies for Teachers.
August 21, 2015, 3:30 PM EDT
Neither the White House nor the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – the federal agency tasked with protecting public health and the country’s natural resources – have responded to inquiries sent by members of Congress from states impacted by the EPA’s toxic chemical spill in Colorado two weeks ago, a spokesperson with Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) office told
August 21, 2015, 9:30 AM EDT
Planned Parenthood Action Fund tweeted on Monday that women can “rely on Planned Parenthood for accurate and high-quality info and care, citing the "nearly 400,000 Pap tests” the organization provided in 2013.
August 20, 2015, 7:20 PM EDT
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) says it will “respectfully decline” a request by a group of black pastors that a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger be removed from the gallery’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit.
August 20, 2015, 11:30 AM EDT
A reporter with National Public Radio said on Thursday that young men living in the United States illegally “identify as Americans" because they have been in the country since they were children.
August 14, 2015, 11:21 AM EDT
"The only thing your kids should be afraid of catching in the backyard is cooties," says Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell.
August 13, 2015, 3:35 PM EDT
Pastor and author Gerard Henry was so frustrated about the recent revelations documented in undercover videos of Planned Parenthood abortionists harvesting and selling organs of aborted babies and the recent failure of the U.S. Senate to take away federal funding from the organization that he made a video expressing his views on the matter.
August 13, 2015, 12:24 PM EDT
The Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery has issued a statement regarding a request by a group of black pastors to have a bust of Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger removed from the museum.
August 13, 2015, 9:32 AM EDT
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said on Tuesday that climate change affects “everything and everyone we love,” including our ability to secure a livelihood.
August 12, 2015, 9:37 AM EDT
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Customs and Border Protection (CBP) apprehended 99,580 ‘Other Than Mexican’ families and unaccompanied children along the U.S. border with Mexico so far through June of fiscal year 2015 (Oct. 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015).
August 11, 2015, 7:22 PM EDT
In the wake of a series of gruesome undercover videos showing Planned Parenthood medical staff discussing harvesting and selling the organs of aborted babies, a National Public Radio reporter claimed that efforts by states to defund the nation's largest abortion provider has had a "big impact," including contributing to an HIV epidemic in Indiana.
August 11, 2015, 5:22 PM EDT
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy said Tuesday that the EPA is “taking responsibility” following the inadvertent release by an EPA cleanup team of millions of gallons of toxic chemicals from an abandoned gold mine in Colorado that flooded into the Animas and San Juan River valleys.
August 10, 2015, 12:25 PM EDT
In a blog posted on Friday on the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s website, the department boasts that food stamp spending at U.S. farmers markets has increased “nearly six-fold” since 2008. 
August 7, 2015, 4:14 PM EDT
A group of black pastors sent a letter to the director of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery asking that the bust of Planned Parenthood Founder Margaret Sanger be removed from the museum’s “Struggle for Justice” exhibit, citing her support for eugenics and the targeting of minorities by the nation’s largest abortion provider.