Meet Our Team

Mentors
Emily Badger
Emily Badger

Emily Badger writes about urban policy for the Washington Post, which is a short way of saying that she's interested in housing and transportation, inequality and city planning, where we live and how those places influence our lives. She previously worked at The Atlantic, and has written as a freelancer for a number of magazines and websites. A long time ago, she also covered college football. She's originally from Chicago, which is the best city. Now she lives in Northeast Washington, with her husband and two cats, Beans and Cornbread.

Amy Brittain
Amy Brittain

Amy Brittain joined the investigative team of The Washington Post in early 2013. Prior to that, she spent two years working at The Star-Ledger in Newark, N.J., where she won the George F. Polk Award for Metropolitan Reporting. Amy is a proud native of Shreveport, La. She graduated from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge and earned her master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City. Amy lives in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of D.C. She enjoys Southern cooking, Pilates and cheering for her beloved LSU Tigers.

Chico Harlan
Chico Harlan

Chico Harlan is a staff writer at The Washington Post covering the national economy. Previously, he lived in Tokyo and Seoul, serving as The Post's East Asia bureau chief and reporting on nuclear meltdowns, the North Korean gulags, and the disappearance of MH370. Harlan is a 2004 graduate of Syracuse University and has worked previously at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Sydney Daily Telegraph. He lives in Washington, D.C.

Arelis Hernández
Arelis Hernández

Arelis Hernández is a local politics reporter for the Washington Post. A D.C. native by birth, she grew up in the county she now covers, Prince George’s County. She came to the Post in March 2014 after working for the Orlando Sentinel, covering cops, crime and chaos in the Sunshine State. While there, Arelis was part of a team that won several awards for their coverage leading up to and in the wake of the shooting of unarmed teenager, Trayvon Martin. A graduate of the University of Maryland, she is a proud to be one of the first students to have matriculated with a minor in U.S. Latina/o studies – a groundbreaking program that was institutionalized as a result of student activism. Arelis is a lapsed youth sports coach who loves recreational co-ed softball and the Nationals. She is also a mentor for the Asian American Journalists Association’s JCamp – a program for high school. She can’t wait to meet her mentee.

Elahe Izadi
Elahe Izadi

Elahe Izadi is a general assignment reporter for The Washington Post's national desk. Prior to The Post, she covered Congress and politics for National Journal. She also has experience covering race, class and local news. Elahe is from the D.C.-metro area and regularly performs stand-up comedy.

Kimbriell Kelly
Kimbriell Kelly

Kimbriell Kelly is a reporter on the Investigative Unit at The Washington Post. A native of metro Chicago who received her graduate degree from Boston University, Kimbriell came to The Post in 2012 and writes about housing. Prior to the Post, Kimbriell was the Editor and Publisher of The Chicago Reporter, a 40-year-old investigative magazine that focuses on issues of race and poverty. Her investigation of racially disparate home mortgage lending sparked a lawsuit that resulted in an $8.7 billion settlement with Countrywide Financial. Kimbriell has received a Society of Professional Journalists award from Sigma Delta Chi, the National Clarion Award in magazine feature writing and the Chicago Headline Club Peter Lisagor Award for best investigative reporting. She is a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors and was a fellow with the Institute for Justice and Journalism.

Isabelle Khurshudyan
Isabelle Khurshudyan

Isabelle Khurshudyan is a sports reporter for The Washington Post, covering primarily the high school sports beat in the D.C. metro area. A University of South Carolina graduate, Isabelle studied journalism and interned at The Daily Press in Newport News, Va., and ESPN.com before joining The Post this summer. Isabelle grew up in New York City and is fluent in Russian.

Wesley Lowery
Wesley Lowery

Wesley Lowery is a political reporter for the Washington Post, where he coversCongress and national politics. Before joining the Post, Wesley worked for the Boston Globe and Los Angeles Times, where he covered local politics and breaking news including the Boston Marathon bombing. While a student at Ohio University, he served as the student representative to the National Association of Black Journalists' national board of directors and as editor of The Post, Ohio University's independent student newspaper.

Abby Phillip
Abby Phillip

Abby Phillip is a general assignment report for the Washington Post. She coverseverything from viral videos to disease outbreaks in Africa, with a focus on writing the stories that people want to read and talk about.

Before joining the Post, she was a political reporter for ABC News and Politico. At ABC she covered campaigns and elections, with a particular interest in writing about the Tea Party and their effort to re-shape the Republican Party. Before that at Politico, she covered the White House, traveling with the press corps on Air Force One and blogging (constantly) about the events at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. She also covered campaign finance and lobbying.

Abby grew up in the Washington, D.C. area and graduated from Bowie High School. She has a degree in Government from Harvard College.

Ben Terris
Ben Terris

Ben was born in Massachusetts, went to college in Ohio, transferred out of Ohio to follow a girl he thought he was in love with, and met his wife at his new school, Brandeis University. There he started spending time at the college newspaper, becoming an editor, and realizing that’s what he wanted to do with his life. His first job out of college was driving around the country writing about young people and politics for the Huffington Post. He then worked at the Boston Globe covering local issues for a suburb of Boston,  moved to Washington D.C. to write feature stories for the Chronicle of Higher Education, and landed a job covering politics at National Journal Magazine. He wrote profiles there for three years, before coming to the Washington Post earlier this year. He finds writing incredibly hard, but is usually happy having done it. His favorite job will always be the summers he spent working in a kitchen at a sleep away camp in Vermont.