Announcement from Jeff Leen, investigations editor, David Fallis, deputy investigations editor, Eric Rich, editor of the rapid-response investigative team:
We’re thrilled to announce the remaining hires for our rapid-response investigative team.
Shawn Boburg has joined us from the Metro staff, where he was an accountability reporter. Shawn came to The Post in December 2015 and was soon assigned to work on the project that led to “Trump Revealed,” our best-selling biography. In partnership with Robert O’Harrow Jr., Shawn has since taken deep dives into Trump world, exploring among other topics Stephen Bannon’s life as a virtual nomad in the years before he became Donald Trump’s chief strategist and Trump’s close relationship to McCarthy-era lawyer Roy Cohn. On Metro, Shawn wrote a story revealing how George Washington University medical school lost track of donated cadavers used in student training and a piece examining the D.C. government’s failure to make public documents in its building department accessible to the public.
Before coming to The Post, Shawn worked at The Record in New Jersey. He won the 2013 George Polk Award for revealing that Gov. Chris Christie’s administration was partly responsible for the George Washington Bridge lane closures that caused dangerous traffic jams in Fort Lee.
Shawn got his start in journalism at The Eagle-Tribune in Lawrence, Mass., where he was a lead reporter on an investigative series about auto insurance fraud that won the national Sigma Delta Chi Public Service Award. He also was part of a team that won the 2003 Pulitzer Prize for breaking news for a story about four young boys who drowned while trying to save a friend who fell through the ice on the Merrimack River.
Also joining us from the Metro staff is Emma Brown, who has covered K-12 education. Emma wrote one of the 2016 campaign’s early stories on Trump University and claims of fraud by its former students, and she has been our lead reporter on Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the administration’s push for school choice. Emma has written about DeVos’s campaign contributions to senators who voted on her confirmation; the cost to taxpayers of DeVos’s unusual security arrangement with the U.S. Marshals; and the lack of public transparency and accountability in the nation’s only federally funded private-school voucher program.
Most recently, she teamed up with Alejandra Matos to examine D.C. schools’ claim of a dramatic decline in suspensions, using smart FOIA requests to show how schools have under-reported suspensions by kicking students out of class for misbehavior without any documentation.
Emma worked as a wilderness ranger in Wyoming and a middle-school math teacher in Alaska before realizing she wanted to follow in the footsteps of her father, who was a Washington reporter for the Louisville Courier-Journal, by becoming a newspaper reporter. She came to The Post as a Metro intern in 2009, and, after a stint on the obituaries desk, moved to the education team.
Metro reporter Aaron Davis, who most recently covered D.C. politics, has also joined the team. A relentless reporter, Aaron has landed agenda-setting scoops in multiple beats going back many years. Aaron partnered last year with Amy Brittain on the Second-Chance City series showing that hundreds of criminals sentenced under an obscure D.C. law crafted to give second chances to young adults have gone on to rob, rape or kill. In the final piece in the series, Aaron documented how the federal agency charged with monitoring offenders loses track of offenders hundreds of times each year and scores of them turn up as suspects in new crimes.
In the City Hall beat, Aaron revealed that contributors to a political action committee backed by D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser received unusual access to the mayor. The PAC was shuttered within days, and tens of thousands of dollars were returned. He found a pattern of land deals, signed by the mayor, that would have provided windfalls to her donors. The leases were canceled as a result. Recently, he unearthed a secret report showing how well-connected parents — including two senior aides to the mayor — were given special treatment in the District’s notoriously competitive lottery for spots in coveted public schools. Aaron’s reporting of security lapses during the inauguration of President Obama in 2009 sparked the first investigation into the U.S. Secret Service by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security.
Aaron was a Livingston Award finalist for international reporting in 2003 and a contributor to our coverage of the Navy Yard massacre, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. He joined The Post in 2008 after working at The Associated Press, where he covered California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, and at the San Jose Mercury News.
Beth Reinhard is joining us from The Wall Street Journal, where she has covered national politics and more recently criminal justice. In February, Beth’s reporting raised questions about whether Neil Gorsuch, then a Supreme Court nominee, had overstated his pro bono work at Harvard Law School. She covered the early presidential frontrunner, Jeb Bush, for 14 months, uncovering the behind-the-scenes workings of his super PAC as it raised record sums of money.
Beth worked for many years at her hometown paper, The Miami Herald, where she co-wrote a series about developers exploiting tax breaks for farmers by grazing cows on land awaiting construction. She covered the contested 2000 presidential election in Florida and participated in the Herald’s own statewide ballot recount. As the statewide political reporter, Beth broke stories about legislative leaders, including then-Senate candidate Marco Rubio, using American Express cards issued by the Florida Republican Party for personal expenses.
Beth moved to Washington in 2011 to work for National Journal magazine, where her cover stories included a view of the 2012 campaign from an economically depressed Ohio county and a narrative about the real-life consequences of a late-term abortion ban in Arkansas. She has also worked at the Palm Beach Post in Florida, and the Home News in New Brunswick, N.J. Beth starts Aug. 21.
The other members of the team were previously announced. They include graphics reporter Gabriel Florit, formerly of the Boston Globe. Gabriel covered the Marathon bombings and created a page where people could tell their own stories about the events based on where they were when the bombs exploded. He has also produced all kinds of tools to provide live coverage of everything from election results to snowfall totals.
Jack Gillum joined us in June from the Associated Press’s investigative desk in Washington, where he landed powerful exclusives using unconventional digital resources. Jack’s reporting revealed that Hillary Clinton’s private emails were hosted on a server in her home in Chappaqua, N.Y. He documented how Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock spent taxpayer and campaign funds on flights aboard donors’ planes, a connection Jack made by comparing location data from the congressman’s Instagram account with flight and expense records. Schock was later indicted.
Finally, data reporter Andrew Ba Tran Joined us in May from the Connecticut Mirror, a nonprofit news site that covers public policy and political issues. Andrew reported and led data-driven stories about racial profiling during police stops, the state’s opioid epidemic and the impact of climate change on marine life migration. Before that, Andrew worked at The Boston Globe, where he started as a producer and became a founding member of the paper’s unofficial data desk.