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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

Nine-year-old Nowa Paye is escorted to an ambulance after showing signs of the Ebola infection in the village of Freeman Reserve, located about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia, one of the hardest-hit countries in the current disease epidemic. (associated press)

Feds give emergency approval to new Ebola testing kit for Americans

The Food and Drug Administration has granted emergency approval for a new diagnostic kit to test blood for the deadly Ebola virus, even as doctors are reporting a survival rate in one hard-hit area that has climbed to about 70 percent. Published December 24, 2014

Sean Penn accepts the Oscar for best actor for his work in "Milk" during the 81st Academy Awards Sunday.
(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Sean Penn: Sony sent 'commanding invitation' to Islamic State

Actor, film director and activist Sean Penn said Friday that Sony's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" after a North Korean cyber-attack on the company sent a "commanding invitation" to Islamic State militants. Published December 20, 2014

FILE--In this photo taken Monday, Nov. 24, 2014, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel talks about his future plan for Chicago during a visit to a city maintenance facility in Chicago. Chicago is set to become the latest U.S. city to raise its minimum wage, as Emanuel fast-tracks a politically popular plan to reach $13 per hour amid his bid for a second term and criticism that he's out-of-touch with working people. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Rahm Emanuel's teen son robbed near home: source

The son of Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel was beaten and robbed on Friday night across the street from his family's home, and was left with a chipped tooth and a fat lip. Published December 20, 2014

In this May 13, 2014, file photo, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., speaks at the National Press Club in Washington. (AP Photo/Molly Riley, File)

Marco Rubio strikes back: Rand Paul adopting Obama's foreign policy

Sen. Marco Rubio, Florida Republican took another swipe at Sen. Rand Paul, Kentucky Republican in the senators' continuing feud over President Obama's plans for ending the embargo with Cuba, accusing Mr. Paul of adhering to the president's foreign policy. Published December 20, 2014

Vladimir Putin mocks 'drunk' reporter, who is really a stroke survivor

Russian President Vladimir Putin made an unfortunate gaffe Thursday during his annual televised news conference, when he joked that a journalist who asked about a local alcoholic drink, was drunk himself, but it was later revealed that the reporter had suffered two strokes and a brain injury that affected his speech. Published December 18, 2014

Crystal A. Diaz, a U.S. Border Patrol agent with the Tucson Sector in Arizona, rides her ATV while on patrol.  (AP Photo/U.S. Border Patrol)

Homeland Security spends millions on overtime

The Homeland Security Department continues to dole out hundreds of millions of dollars a year in overtime to its employees without being sure it is justified, despite years of warning that valuable tax money is in danger of being wasted. Published December 18, 2014