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 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.
The government’s official tally — a benchmark broadcast constantly on cable news and elsewhere — is a less concrete figure than it appears. Inconsistent counting methods also play into a political debate about the reliability of the numbers.
The push to accelerate coronavirus testing nationwide made small advances this week, from the Pacific Northwest to the Northeast. But government and industry officials are still struggling with how to allocate scarce supplies and administer the tests in a way that would not foster its spread.