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Emma Brown is a reporter on the investigative team. She worked as a wilderness ranger and as a middle-school math teacher before discovering journalism during an internship at High Country News, a magazine that covers the American West. She worked as an intern at the Center for Investigative Reporting and the Boston Globe before joining The Washington Post in 2009. She started out writing obituaries for the newspaper and covered local and national education from 2011 to 2017.