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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

U.S. Marines from 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment in Husaybah, Iraq, Nov. 3, 2006. (Image: U.S. Marine Corps.) ** FILE **

Hagel: U.S. may need ground troops in Iraq

Outgoing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Friday that the U.S. might need to send non-combat ground troops to Iraq to help push back Islamic State forces. Published January 31, 2015

Sen. Ted Cruz (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Pro-Russian separatist claims 'full support of Texas'

The self-proclaimed foreign minister of the pro-Russian separatists group the Donetsk People's Republic (DNR) said the group plans to host a "summit of unrecognized states" such as Flanders, the Basque country and Texas. Published January 31, 2015

Former Navy SEAL and author of the book "American Sniper" Chris Kyle poses in Midlothian, Texas. (AP Photo/The Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Paul Moseley)

Iraqi interpreter defends Chris Kyle against MSNBC racism charge

An Iraqi Muslim interpreter for Chris Kyle spoke out against claims by MSNBC foreign correspondent Ayman Moheldin that the "American Sniper" was a racist and went on "killing sprees," sharing his own experiences with Mr. Kyle whom he considered a dear friend. Published January 31, 2015

FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014 file photo, fighters from the Free Syrian Army, left, and the Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG), center, join forces to fight Islamic State group militants in Kobani, Syria. Kurdish fighters backed by intense U.S.-led airstrikes pushed the Islamic State group almost entirely out of the Syrian town of Kobani on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015, marking a major loss for extremists whose hopes for easy victory dissolved into a bloody, costly siege that seems close to ending in defeat. (AP Photo/Jake Simkin, File)

Pentagon: Islamic State pushed out of Kobani

Kurdish ground forces aided by U.S. and allied air support have retaken the Syrian town of Kobani from Islamic State militants, U.S. Lieutenant-General James Terry said on Saturday. Published January 31, 2015

The Golden Hammer

Gay marriage plays funded by taxpayers regardless of political views

The National Endowment for the Arts awarded a $10,000 taxpayer-funded grant to a theater company in San Francisco to produce and tour a collection of plays advocating same-sex marriage called "Standing on Ceremony: The Gay Marriage Plays." Published January 29, 2015

Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has boosted friends' salaries as her state faces billions of dollars in debt, according to a nonprofit research group. (Associated Press)

Illinois attorney general gives pay raises as state goes broke

Over the past four years, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan, a Democrat, has handed out roughly $1 million in pay raises to exempt, nonunion employees who don't fall under state wage laws, as Illinois faces bankruptcy. Published January 28, 2015

Traffic moves through the falling snow down southbound I79 near Evans City, Pa. on Monday, Jan. 26, 2015. Cities across the Northeast mobilized snowplows and airlines canceled thousands of flights Monday as a potentially historic storm pushed its way up the Philadelphia-to-Boston corridor with what forecasters said could be up to 2 feet of snow. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)

DEA tracks millions of drivers in real time

Less than two weeks after reports revealed that the Justice Department's Drug Enforcement Administration tracked Americans calls for over a decade, new documents show that the same agency has been building a national database to track vehicles in real time around the country. Published January 27, 2015

Benefit of Marriage Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

Pro-marriage activists launch interfaith initiative

A group of pro-marriage activists are launching an interfaith initiative to get more couples married, with a mass wedding ceremony kicking off the movement March 2 in Lanham, Maryland. Published January 25, 2015

Bill Maher fired back Friday night at the University of California, Berkeley students who want to disinvite him from giving a commencement speech, arguing that they are contradicting free speech principles that liberals are supposed to uphold. (YouTube/RealTime) ** FILE **

Maher: Americans love 'psychopath patriot' Chris Kyle

Talk show host Bill Maher called the late Navy SEAL Chris Kyle a "psychopath patriot" that Americans can easily support. The comedian pointed to the success of "American Sniper" as proof of his assertion. Published January 24, 2015

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe attends a joint press conference with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas at the Palestinian Authority headquarters, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015. An online video released Tuesday purported to show the Islamic State group threatening to kill two Japanese hostages unless they receive a $200 million ransom in the next 72 hours. (AP Photo/Nasser Nasser)

Japanese hostage purportedly killed by Islamic State

Japanese officials early on Sunday condemned a new video showing the execution of one of its citizens held captive by the Islamic State group. They demanded the immediate release of another captive shown in the video. Published January 24, 2015