Emma Brown

Washington, D.C.

Investigative reporter

Education: Stanford University, BA in anthropology; University of Alaska Southeast, MA in teaching; University of California at Berkeley, MA in journalism

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 came to The Washington Post in 2009 and wrote obituaries and covered local and national education before joining the investigative team in 2017.
Latest from Emma Brown

Mike Lindell’s $5 million contest winner takes him to federal court

A Nevada man is chasing a prize that arbitrators ruled he is owed in a contest over the 2020 election. The MyPillow CEO wants a state court to vacate the award.

May 19, 2023

Judicial activist directed fees to Clarence Thomas’s wife, urged ‘no mention of Ginni’

Leonard Leo told GOP pollster Kellyanne Conway to give the spouse of the Supreme Court justice "another $25,000" and to bill a nonprofit organization called the Judicial Education Project.

May 4, 2023

Mike Lindell’s firm told to pay $5 million in ‘Prove Mike Wrong’ election-fraud challenge

The MyPillow founder and election denier offered the money to anyone who could disprove his claim about data he said showed China manipulated the 2020 U.S. election.

April 20, 2023

Clarence Thomas has for years claimed income from a defunct real estate firm

The misstatements are part of a pattern that has raised questions about how the justice views his obligation to report details about his finances to the public.

April 16, 2023

Clarence Thomas has reported receiving only two gifts since 2004

Eighteen years ago, the Los Angeles Times detailed how Thomas had reported receiving thousands of dollars’ worth of gifts — far more than other justices on the Supreme Court at the time. That story appears to have marked a turning point for Thomas’s public disclosure of gifts.

April 7, 2023

Activist group led by Ginni Thomas received nearly $600,000 in anonymous donations

Funding for the group led by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas's wife was channeled through a right-wing think tank, an arrangement that effectively shielded key operational details from public view, a Post investigation found.

March 28, 2023

Murdoch confided Trump was going ‘increasingly mad’ as Fox pushed false claims

The media executive's astonishingly candid assessments are found in thousands of pages of internal Fox documents released as part of a lawsuit by Dominion.

March 7, 2023

Amish country farmers say George Santos took puppies, left bad checks

One breeder recounted how the future member of Congress made off with four golden retrievers, leading to a criminal charge in 2017.

February 10, 2023

Justice Department asks FEC to stand down as prosecutors probe Santos

The request is the clearest sign to date of an active criminal investigation examining the congressman’s campaign finances.

January 27, 2023

Santos campaign briefly reported $254,000 in payments to ‘anonymous’

The payments stunned experts, who said they called into question the accuracy of the congressman’s broader financial filings.

January 27, 2023