DeNeen L. Brown

Washington, D.C.

Local enterprise reporter
DeNeen L. Brown is an award-winning staff writer at The Washington Post. Brown has covered night police, education, courts, politics and culture. She has written about the black middle class, poverty, the homeless, arts and gentrification. As a foreign correspondent, Brown traveled throughout the Arctic to write about climate change and indigenous populations. In 2006, Brown won first place in narrative features in the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors’ Excellence in Feature Writing Contest. She won the 1999 award for non-deadline writing by the American Society of Newspaper
Latest from DeNeen L. Brown

Why Namibia invoked a century-old German genocide in international court

After Germany defended Israel from charges of genocide, Namibia’s president cited a genocide that the Germans committed in Namibia when it was a German colony.

January 20, 2024

The sermon where MLK spoke candidly on the Arab-Israeli conflict

Martin Luther King Jr. offered his most unfiltered thoughts on the conflict in a 1959 sermon titled “A Walk Through the Holy Land,” following a Middle East trip.

January 15, 2024

Army clears Buffalo Soldiers’ century-old convictions, blames racism

The soldiers of the 3rd Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, an all-Black member regiment, had been convicted of murder and mutiny in the Houston Riots of 1917.

November 13, 2023

Majority-Black Wilmington, N.C., fell to White mob’s coup 125 years ago

The Nov. 10, 1898, Wilmington massacre overthrew the elected government in the majority-Black city, killed many Black residents and torched a Black-run newspaper.

November 10, 2023

Hughes Van Ellis, one of the last known survivors of the Tulsa Race Massacre, dies

Hughes “Uncle Red” Van Ellis, one of the last three known living survivors of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, died Monday at 102.

October 9, 2023

They were deported to build a U.S. naval base. Now they want reparations.

A half-century after native inhabitants of the Chagos Islands were forced out to make room for a U.S. military base, a Chagossian leader came to D.C. seeking reparations.

October 8, 2023

60 years ago, Alabama church bombing killed 4 girls and catalyzed a movement

The bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church shocked the world. On Friday, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson delivered an address at the rebuilt church.

September 15, 2023

Biden establishes new national monument dedicated to Emmett Till

The monument is dedicated to Till and his mother, Mamie Till-Mobley, whose activism in the wake of her son’s brutal 1955 murder helped spark the civil rights movement.

July 25, 2023

Biden to establish national monument honoring Emmett Till

The Biden administration will establish a national monument in honor of Emmett Till, whose 1955 murder helped sparked the civil rights movement.

July 23, 2023

The photos of Frederick Douglass that helped him fight to end slavery

A new exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery examines how Frederick Douglass carefully crafted his image with speeches, writing and photographs.

July 1, 2023