Local enterprise reporter DeNeen L. Brown is an award-winning staff writer at The Washington Post. Brown has covered night police, education, courts, politics and culture. She has written about the black middle class, poverty, the homeless, arts and gentrification. As a foreign correspondent, Brown traveled throughout the Arctic to write about climate change and indigenous populations. In 2006, Brown won first place in narrative features in the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors’ Excellence in Feature Writing Contest. She won the 1999 award for non-deadline writing by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. Brown is an associate professor in the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland. Honors & Awards:
In 1999, Brown was named the winner of the annual prize for non-deadline reporting awarded by the American Society of Newspaper Editors. She received the award for five narratives, including a profile of a school superintendent and a narrative called “The Accused,” about two young boys wrongly accused of murder in Chicago. That narrative also won the 1999 Salute to Excellence First Place feature award from the National Association of Black Journalists. She has won the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association awards for education reporting, public service and team series. She received a 2005 NABJ Salute to Excellence third-place award for “Tight Corner,” a feature using dialogue to capture the life in a D.C. corner store. In 2006, Brown’s story entitled “Mr. Wonderful” won first place and the Best-in-the-Show Award for daily writing from the Virginia Press Association. The story also won first place in the 2006 Excellence-In-Feature-Writing Contest for Narrative Features from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors. In 2007, Brown won first place in the NABJ magazine investigative category for a story in The Post magazine called "To Catch a Killer" unraveling a woman’s quest to find her sons’ killers. Brown was a Washington Post Media Fellow at Duke University.
A mosaic of her portrait, on display at Washington’s Union Station, is composed of thousands of smaller photos of women who fought for the right to vote and commemorates the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment’s ratification.
Tulsa officials temporarily suspended removal of the mural after protesters placed symbolic tombstones bearing the names of Black people shot by police or killed in the city’s infamous 1921 race massacre.