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Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell

Kellan Howell, an investigative reporter for The Washington Times, covers campaign finance and government accountability. Originally from Williamsburg, Va., Kellan graduated from James Madison University where she received bachelor's degrees in media arts and design and international affairs with a concentration in western European politics.

During her time at JMU, she interned for British technology and business news website "ITPro" in London and worked as a freelance reporter for The Washington Guardian. She was also an executive editor of 22807, a new student magazine covering arts and culture in the JMU community.

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Articles by Kellan Howell

Looking ahead: Marine Tim Chamber and Army veteran Eric Cantu saluted during the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom on Sunday. Although the event has grown, the number of riders who fought in Vietnam is dwindling. (Associated Press)

Rolling Thunder: Vietnam veterans ride alongside post-9/11 generation

The annual Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom roared through Washington on Sunday, but organizers of the event that has become America's largest single-day motorcycle rally are concerned their numbers may dwindle as Vietnam veterans, who form the backbone of the event, grow older. Published May 24, 2015

A police van burns in Baltimore, April 27, 2015, during riots sparked by the death of Freddie Gray. Mr. Gray, 25, died April 19 after being taken into custody by Baltimore cops April 12. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Baltimore cop: Morale 'in the sewers' since Freddie Gray riots

An anonymous Baltimore police officer said Friday that police force morale is "in the sewers" following riots that occurred after the death of Freddie Gray. Mr. Gray, 25, died April 19 from injuries he received during his April 12 arrest. Published May 23, 2015

Demonstrators stand in front of a rainbow flag of the Supreme Court in Washington, Tuesday, April 28, 2015. The Supreme Court is set to hear historic arguments in cases that could make same-sex marriage the law of the land. The justices are meeting Tuesday to offer the first public indication of where they stand in the dispute over whether states can continue defining marriage as the union of a man and a woman, or whether the Constitution gives gay and lesbian couples the right to marry. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

NIH funded gay smoking study with taxpayers' money

The National Institutes of Health is using hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on grants to study the best ways to get gay people to quit smoking and abusing drugs and alcohol. Published May 21, 2015

Rep. Michael C. Burgess, Texas Republican. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) ** FILE **

Small inventors step up fight to block patent overhaul law

Rarely do small inventors and business owners go to such great lengths to lobby Washington lawmakers, but new patent legislation is proving to be so controversial that small innovators across the country are banding together to form a new lobbying voice. Published May 18, 2015

Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train derailment, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Amtrak train, headed to New York City, derailed and crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least six people and injuring dozens of others. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Philly Amtrak train possibly hit with object before derailment; FBI to investigate

The FBI will examine the windshield and front end of the Amtrak train involved in the deadly derailment that killed eight people this week after the train's crew reported that it may have been hit by a projectile, the National Transportation Security Board said Friday, The Wall Street Journal reported. Published May 16, 2015