Jaime Phillips identified herself as a visitor to D.C. and communicated with a Washington Post employee from late August until early October, repeatedly asking to take the employee out to dinner. The Post is not identifying the employee because the exchange includes references to a family tragedy. Some of the details of that event have been redacted.

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Mon, Aug 28, 3:47 PM

Jaime Phillips

Hi [redacted]! It's Jaime from [redacted] the other night. I just came across your card in my bag. How was Annapolis?? We didn't make it out, just did DC tourist stuff instead!

Jaime Phillips

We were thinking of checking out Tysons tomorrow, but then wondered if you & your husband would be interested in going to dinner one evening this week?

Jaime Phillips

If you have a favorite restaurant in the area to recommend, we'd love to try it out with you. Hope you had a great weekend!

Mon, Aug 28, 5:25 PM

Washington Post employee

Hi Jaime! Great to hear from you. I hope you guys are having a great time in DC. Our weekend was both lovely and tragic. [multiple lines redacted]

Washington Post employee

Let me think on a restaurant that I think is special. There are really so many these days. I’ll get back to you.

Mon, Aug 28, 6:37 PM

Jaime Phillips

Wow, I'm so sorry to hear that. That's terrible news. Like you said, I'm sure it was a comfort to at least be together during such a hard time.

Jaime Phillips

Let me know if I can do anything to help, even if just to talk or something small. We'd like to send flowers or a donation if your family decides to set up a charity in lieu of flowers.

Jaime Phillips

I hope you were able to get some time off work to be with your family. No worries on the restaurant recommendation, we'll find one! I'll be around for a while yet so I'll check back with you next week or sooner if you're feeling up to it. Thoughts & prayers 🌹

Tue, Sep 5, 6:06 PM

Jaime Phillips

Hi [redacted], how did everything go last week? Did you get to do anything fun for Labor Day or just rest up?

Jaime Phillips

I took Leo down to the waterfront area over by Nationals Stadium, it's beautiful down there! I came across this article, have you seen this one?

Jaime Phillips

We'd still like to try & get together for dinner one night this week in your area, or maybe we can try out one of the dog friendly spots in that article! Let me know ... Hope your family is doing better, considering what you've been dealing with.

Thu, Sep 7, 10:22 PM

Washington Post employee

Hi Jaime. Sorry I wasn’t able to call you back, but work and home have been extremely busy. We have friends and family in Fla and are really concerned about many of them. I’ll try to call you sometime tomorrow. Night.

Fri, Sep 8, 10:12 AM

Jaime Phillips

I know, this storm is so scary and now it looks like it's going all the way up through Florida and into Georgia. It's really unbelievable. I hope your loved ones were able to evacuate and get somewhere safe!

Tue, Sep 12, 9:05 PM

Jaime Phillips

How did your family fare in the storm? Atlanta got hit with the tropical storm ... My daughter lost power in midtown & people told me they were trapped with fallen trees but okay other than that

Jaime Phillips

Actually my daughter's boyfriend is having health issues (much older) & she's having a tough time. He's having tests & I may need to head back there to help next week if he ends up having surgery. Hoping to catch up with you before I go back! It's tough & strange having a grown daughter with grown up problems when I barely feel grown up myself!

Washington Post employee

Hi Jaime. Glad your family is okay. [redacted] Sorry to hear about your daughter’s situation. That’s tough stuff. You don’t look old enough to have a grown daughter! Will you head back to stay or will you come back up to D.C.?

Jaime Phillips

Yes I was a young mom! She's in college studying [redacted]. It's bizarre for sure but also makes me proud. There are some upcoming events in DCI wanted to attend … just waiting to see how things go with his tests. They live together so she'll be caring for him which is unimaginable to me but like I said he's a lot older than she is. The good thing is my work is contract/remote so I have flexibility that way.

Fri, Sep 15, 4:29 PM

Jaime Phillips

Wei I they found that he has a partial blockage so they're scheduling him for surgery next week. I'll head back down midweek. Let me know if you can meet up for drinks maybe tomorrow or Sunday night, or Mon/Tues evening. I can come down your way in VA, if DC isn't convenient. Hoping to see you, you're one of the best people I've met since I've been in DC!

Fri, Sep 22, 10:33 PM

Jaime Phillips

Hi [redacted], do you happen to know any Realtors in the DC area?

Thu, Oct 5, 1:26 PM

Washington Post employee

Hi Jaime. Sorry, I’ve had a rather full plate this last month or so. Lots going on at work and at home. I have a friend who is in real estate in DC, but not sure how much work she is doing these days. I’m seeing her in about a week and will ask her. Hope you are well.

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