Speaker

DeNeen Brown

The Washington Post

DeNeen L. Brown has been an award-winning writer for The Washington Post for more than 35 years. Brown is an associate professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where she teaches feature writing and the “Power of the Writing Voice.”

Brown has written extensively about the country’s history of racial terror lynchings and massacres. After Brown’s 2018 story on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre was published on the front page of The Washington Post, the mayor of Tulsa announced he would reopen the city’s search for mass graves of victims of the massacre. In October 2020, the city discovered a mass grave that may be connected to the massacre.

Brown’s work on Tulsa is featured in two documentaries:

From 2000 – 2004, Brown was a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post, and the first Black woman to cover Canada for The Washington Post. As a foreign correspondent, Brown traveled throughout the Arctic and the Arctic Archipelago, which consists of 94 islands, Arctic to write about climate change and indigenous populations. Many of her stories about climate change, which were first-hand reports about the fragile Arctic and thinning sea ice, are cited in scientific journals throughout the world.