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Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell

Kelly Riddell covers national security for The Washington Times.

Before joining The Times, Kelly was a Washington-based reporter for Bloomberg News for six years, covering the intersection between business and politics through a variety of industry-based beats. She most recently covered technology, where her reports ranged from cybersecurity to congressional policymakers.

Before joining Bloomberg, she was a management consultant and worked with Fortune 500 companies on government policy and commerce. She has a master's degree from Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree in government and Chinese from Hamilton College in upstate New York.

She can be reached at kriddell@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by Kelly Riddell

In this Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, file photo, former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg smiles prior to be conferred with the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur by France's Foreign minister Laurent Fabius, at the Quai d'Orsay, in Paris. Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has bestowed an honorary knighthood on the billionaire businessman and former New York mayor. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File)

Bloomberg group's mass-shootings report 'riddled with errors': gun reseacher

The July report by billionaire Michael Bloomberg's funded gun-control group Everytown for Gun Safety is "riddled with errors," including mistakes in the number of shootings reported, the extent of the shooter's mental illness and even where the attacks occurred, according to an analysis by gun researcher John Lott. Published October 9, 2014

In 2012, Illinois Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn signed into law a bill aimed at addressing concerns about private organization employees in the Teachers Retirement System, especially those who had not been teachers previously but used a state law to claim past employment service toward their pensions. (Associated Press)

Loophole lets teacher union bosses collect state pensions at taxpayer expense

Thanks to a loophole created by the Illinois legislature, retired teacher union leaders are getting pension credit for the years they did union work after leaving the classroom. The arrangement has put taxpayers on the hook for millions of dollars in retirement benefits unrelated to teaching, and further drained an already overburdened state pension fund. Published October 9, 2014

Gordon Kamara, left, is sprayed by Konah Deno after they loaded six patients suspected to have been infected by the Ebola virus into their ambulance in the village of Freeman Reserve, about 30 miles north of Monrovia, Liberia, Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

U.S. hospitals unprepared to deal with Ebola waste

U.S. hospitals may be unprepared to deal with the waste caused by Ebola patients, according to U.S. health officials, making it difficult for them to care for patients safely, without further risk of spreading the disease. Published October 2, 2014

Director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Tom Frieden speaks during a news conference. (AP Photo/John Bazemore) ** FILE**

After first Ebola case, red flags emerge that U.S. unprepared for pandemic

The confirmation Tuesday of the first Ebola case on U.S. soil emerges against a backdrop of increasing concern in America's medical community that preparedness for a pandemic has stagnated or slipped in recent years because of tough economic times and increasing malaise since the 2001 anthrax threat. Published September 30, 2014

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2013 file photo, assault weapons and hand guns are seen for sale at Capitol City Arms Supply in Springfield, Ill. The deadline for local governments in Illinois to enact assault weapons ordinances is Friday, July 19, 2013.  In recent days, about a dozen communities have passed ordinances either banning assault weapons or imposing regulations concerning how they are stored and transported. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman, File)

Onerous ATF rules threaten to put gun dealers out of business

Doug Stockman always has had a passion for firearms, so 20 years ago he made a business out of it. Today, his shop, SSG Tactical, is one of the largest gun dealers in Virginia, with 10 employees, training classes and concealed-carry fashion bags. Published September 18, 2014

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NRA boss LaPierre: Americans fear their country 'off the rails' under Obama

The National Rifle Association has unleashed a multimillion-dollar TV advertising campaign that its longtime leader says is aimed at messaging beyond gun rights and reaching middle-class mothers, minorities and other Americans "who believe our country is off the rails." Published September 4, 2014

**FILE** President Barack Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano examine an x-ray vehicle as they tour the Bridge of America Cargo Facility in El Paso, Texas, on May 10, 2011, during their visit to the U.S.-Mexico border. (Associated Press)

DHS spent up to $49M annually on unused vehicles: IG

The Department of Homeland Security wasted as much as $49 million a year maintaining vehicles that were hardly or never used by the agency, a report by inspector general found. Published September 2, 2014

Armed: During one of the establishment's Second Amendment Wednesdays, Naomi Leydig dines with an openly displayed firearm at The Cajun Experience in Leesburg, Virigina, with her two sons, Jaden and Jeremy. (photographs by Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

More than 57,000 gun-friendly bars, eateries crop up across America

The owners of TBonz Steakhouse in Augusta, Georgia, decided to be proactive when Republican Gov. Nathan Deal signed into law one of the most comprehensive pro-gun bills in the country this April, which allowed firearms into the state's bars and restaurants. Published September 1, 2014

"These whistleblowers never have the opportunity to make their case," said Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican. "It's stereotypical treatment of whistleblowers for the executive branch." (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Obama administration hindering oversight: IGs

Forty-seven federal inspectors general wrote a letter to Congress Tuesday complaining about specific cases where some federal agencies such as the Peace Corps and the Environmental Protection Agency refused to hand over documents critical to their independent oversight. Published August 5, 2014