Danielle Douglas-Gabriel is a national higher education reporter who covers college affordability, accountability and state and federal financial aid policy. She writes about higher education from the perspective of a first-generation college graduate who relied on need-based grants, scholarships, loans and working to pay tuition. Her interests include racial equity within higher education, helping families navigate the financial aid system and exploring the barriers to achieving a postsecondary credential. Danielle joined the national economy desk in July 2012 from Capital Business, a Post publication where she served as the local retail, hospitality and banking reporter for two years. Before Capital Business, Danielle was the managing editor of Real Estate Forum, a commercial real estate trade magazine.