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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

FILE - In this July 14, 2014 file photo, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick talks with his staff at the New England Governors and eastern Canadian Premiers 38th annual conference in Bretton Woods, N.H. As he nears the end of his second term, Patrick has embarked on a trip around the globe, stopping in such far-flung places as Columbia, Ireland, Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Panama, Mexico, Israel and the United Arab Emirates. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Deval Patrick: 'I'm sick of unarmed black men being shot by police'

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick told reporters Wednesday that he is "sick of unarmed, black men being shot by police," referring to the ongoing crisis in Ferguson, Missouri, where a black teenager was fatally shot by a white police officer. Published August 21, 2014

** FILE ** This May 12, 2014, file photo shows Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisc., as he speaks at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File )

Paul Ryan: Let police do their job in Ferguson

Rep. Paul Ryan, Wisconsin Republican, weighed in on the protests in Ferguson, Missouri, saying Tuesday that police must be allowed to finish their investigation into the shooting of a young black man by an officer. Published August 20, 2014

Elizabeth Warren (Associated Press)

Elizabeth Warren dodges Hillary question

Sen. Elizabeth Warren had an awkward encounter Wednesday with a reporter after the Massachusetts Democrat wouldn't say whether former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton was the best choice for president. Published August 20, 2014

** FILE ** Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal speaks during The Family Leadership Summit, Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, in Ames, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Judge removes Jindal's Common Core ban

A Louisiana district judge removed Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal's executive order banning Common Core testing on Tuesday. Published August 20, 2014

**FILE** The tail of an American Airlines aircraft is seen at left as a person walks by a passenger gate area in Terminal C at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas, on Aug. 26, 2008. (Associated Press)

FAA's new air traffic control system unstable, less capable than old system

The Federal Aviation Administration has begun deploying new computers systems for its air traffic controllers despite warnings that the system suffers from unstable requirements, lacks key safety capabilities and requires training that has yet to be given to workers, a government watchdog warned Monday. Published August 18, 2014

File- This April 30, 2009 file photo shows a Boeing 787, painted in the company's colors, stands in the paint hangar at the company's facility in Everett, Wash. Boeing's much-delayed 787 Dreamliner has hit another production snafu. Hairline cracks have been discovered in the wings of some 787's that are being built. The Chicago-based manufacturer said none of the 122 jets already flown by airlines around the world are affected. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Pilots urge rejection of U.S. route for budget Norwegian carrier

The nation’s largest pilots’ union Monday called on the Obama administration to reject a new European airline’s application to offer low-cost transatlantic flights between the U.S. and Norway, warning the budget carrier is trying to skirt U.S. safety and labor regulations. Published August 18, 2014

Senator Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican and a licensed ophthalmologist by trade, is spending August traveling to Guatemala at part of a medical mission. (Associated Press)

2016 Republican hopefuls making most of summer vacations

The potential 2016 GOP presidential hopefuls are spending August fundraising and meeting with key activists in early-voting states, but Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is also carving out time to go to Guatemala, where he is part of a medical mission. Published August 17, 2014

** FILE ** U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, left, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, irght, address the media at the Chancellery in Berlin, Germany, Firday, Jan. 31, 2014. (Associated Press)

German intelligence spied on John Kerry, Hillary Clinton: report

Although the U.S. Has taken heat from Germany after reports surfaced that the NSA had been spying in the country, a new report reveals that a German foreign intelligence agency tapped phone calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Hillary Clinton before him. Published August 16, 2014

These images provided by the Ferguson Police Department show security camera footage from a convenience store in Ferguson, Mo., on Aug. 9, 2014, the day that Michael Brown was fatally shot by a police officer. A report released Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, by Ferguson Police Chief Thomas Jackson says the footage shows a confrontation between Brown and an employee at the store. The report says that Brown and his friend, Dorian Johnson, stole a box of cigars from the store shortly before Brown's death. (AP Photo/Ferguson Police Department)

DOJ asked Ferguson police not to release Michael Brown video

When Ferguson police released video footage of teenager Michael Brown allegedly robbing a convenience store shortly before he was killed by a police officer, they did so against the objections of the U.S. Department of Justice. Published August 16, 2014

FILE - This May 12, 2014, file photo shows former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as he speaks at the Manhattan Institute for Policy Research Alexander Hamilton Award Dinner, in New York. The Associated Press has tracked the movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates including Bush. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Jeb Bush: Medical marijuana will hurt Florida

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush spoke out against legalizing marijuana in the state, saying the action would hurt the state's family-friendly reputation. Published August 15, 2014

A member of the St. Louis County Police Department points his weapon in the direction of a group of protesters in Ferguson, Mo. on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2014. On Saturday, Aug. 9, 2014, a white police officer fatally shot Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, in the St. Louis suburb. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)

Ted Cruz weighs in on Missouri riots

Sen. Ted Cruz took to social media to urge an end to the violent riots in suburban St. Louis, extending condolences for the lives lost, defending police officers and standing up for journalists "simply doing their jobs." Published August 14, 2014

FILE - This June 20, 2014, file photo shows Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. as he speaks at Faith and Freedom Coalition's Road to Majority event in Washington. The Associated Press has tracked the movements and machinations of more than a dozen prospective presidential candidates including Paul. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Rand Paul ducks Christian summit, parties with Alec Baldwin

New photos appearing in a New York newspaper show Sen. Rand Paul at a fundraiser Saturday with actor Alec Baldwin, after the 2016 GOP presidential hopeful bowed out of an Iowa event for religious conservatives, citing a family commitment. Published August 13, 2014