From singing on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and riding the subway to recording a program for a Chicago radio station, Kenya’s Afrizo singing group is on a tour like no other.
From singing on the steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and riding the subway to recording a program for a Chicago radio station, Kenya’s Afrizo singing group is on a tour like no other.
The messy and chaotic weather – including a brief tornado warning – outside the mayoral forum Wednesday afternoon fit the candidates’ demeanors inside.
The White House celebrated programs addressing childhood obesity Tuesday and invited elementary school students from across the nation to help with the third annual fall harvest of the South Lawn garden.
 
 
 

Brooke Kelly - Spring 2012

Looking for something fun and meaningful to be a part of, I joined The Arrow Magazine and The Resumé Yearbook during my middle school and high school years. As a senior on the yearbook staff at Murrah High School, I was design editor, and as a junior on the staff, I took my first trip to Washington.

After spending a year and a half of my collegiate career at Jackson State University as an English major with a journalism concentration, I decided to focus fully on journalism. I changed my major to mass communications with a minor in art. For the next two summers, I interned with the alternative weekly in Jackson, Miss., The Jackson Free Press. There, I wrote articles and had the opportunity to report at the Mississippi State Capitol.

Since becoming a mass communications major, I have freelanced for other local newspapers, an online magazine and a D.C. newspaper, The Washington Informer. Last summer, I attended my first national journalism conference, the National Association of Black Journalists conference in Philadelphia.

During my junior year, I joined The Blue and White Flash student newspaper and became managing editor after the fall semester. As a staff writer at The Flash, I covered many stories dealing with campus issues, interviewed prominent speakers and wrote feature stories. Since becoming managing editor, I have learned about many more aspects that go into getting a paper out and have encouraged and advised other staff members. I am extremely excited to be in D.C. as an intern for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, selected through the Chips Quinn Scholars Program. I look forward to reporting and getting more experience as a multimedia journalist, in addition to exploring the city and surrounding areas.

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Nigeria unveils ambitious economic goals, reducing violence remains priority

WASHINGTON – Nigerian political and business leaders came here this week to unveil business reforms to make it easier for foreign companies to invest in the country’s agriculture and power generation sectors.

Washingtonians share memories of Howard Theatre as re-opening nears

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Construction for the historic Howard Theatre on corner of Seventh and T streets NW, in Washington’s revived U Street corrider, is scheduled to be complete before it opens Monday for the first time since the 1980s. SHFWire photo by Brooke KellyClick on photo to enlarge or download: Construction for the historic Howard Theatre on corner of Seventh and T streets NW, in Washington’s revived U Street corrider, is scheduled to be complete before it opens Monday for the first time since the 1980s. SHFWire photo by Brooke KellyWASHINGTON - Gregory “Guitar Greg” Gaskins has performed around the world with the Manhattans, Elvis, Regina Bell, Al Green and others.

Cherry blossoms gone, but festival is bigger, longer than ever

Click on photo to enlarge or download: The cherry blossoms were in full bloom Friday at the Tidal Basin before a weekend rain blew many flowers to the ground. SHFWire photo by Jessica SabbahClick on photo to enlarge or download: The cherry blossoms were in full bloom Friday at the Tidal Basin before a weekend rain blew many flowers to the ground. SHFWire photo by Jessica SabbahWASHINGTON – The blossoms are gone, but the festival must go on.

Science museum exhibit delves into aging, brain, learning

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: In the new "Life Lab" exhibit at the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, visitors can play games and read information to learn about the brain, decision making, making memories and aging. SHFWire photo by Brooke KellyClick on photo to enlarge or download: In the new "Life Lab" exhibit at the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences, visitors can play games and read information to learn about the brain, decision making, making memories and aging. SHFWire photo by Brooke KellyWASHINGTON - Learning about the brain and aging process doesn’t have to involve textbooks, thanks to arcade style games and interactive kiosks at a new exhibit.

Virginians approach election season with different economic concerns

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Virginia's unemployment rate has consistently remained lower than the U.S. unemployment rate over the past decade. Figures are not seasonally adjusted. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graphic by Jessica SabbahClick on photo to enlarge or download: Virginia's unemployment rate has consistently remained lower than the U.S. unemployment rate over the past decade. Figures are not seasonally adjusted. Source: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Graphic by Jessica SabbahLOUDOUN COUNTY, Va. – Frustration with not having a long-term federal budget to aid in future planning will be on the minds of business owners in Tuesday’s primary election and the November general election, Leesburg business owners say.

Food bank wins award for transportation system for low-income residents

 Click on photo to enlarge or download: Innovations in combating hunger are celebrated at a conference in Washington Saturday. From left, Rick McNary of Numana Gardens, Kansas; Alliance to End Hunger Executive Director Tony Hall; Lily Echevarrisla, Spanish Catholic Center, Maryland, and Krista Garofalo, Treasure Coast Food Bank, Florida. SHFWire photo by Brooke KellyClick on photo to enlarge or download: Innovations in combating hunger are celebrated at a conference in Washington Saturday. From left, Rick McNary of Numana Gardens, Kansas; Alliance to End Hunger Executive Director Tony Hall; Lily Echevarrisla, Spanish Catholic Center, Maryland, and Krista Garofalo, Treasure Coast Food Bank, Florida. SHFWire photo by Brooke KellyWASHINGTON – A Florida food bank got national attention Saturday for a transportation program that helps St. Lucie County residents get around after public transit hours.

President’s budget offers hope to homeless prevention advocates

WASHINGTON - President  Barack Obama’s 2013 budget shows large support for the homeless population, advocates say. Despite cuts for certain programs, money proposed for two homelessness assistance programs increased, and homeless prevention advocates hope Congress will approve the increases.

Senators disagree about size, impact of wealth gap

WASHINGTON - Senate Budget Committee members disagree about how big the American wealth gap is.

New definition of homeless would make more children, teens eligible for aid

WASHINGTON - A new definition of homelessness could expand the number of children and teenagers eligible for aid.

Abortion rights supporters say recession, government restrictions hurt women

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Merle Hoffman, founder of one of the nation’s oldest abortion clinics, says the recession, coupled with abortion restrictions, could lead to more abortion-related deaths as women seek abortions outside of clinics. SHFWire photo by Brooke KellyClick on photo to enlarge or download: Merle Hoffman, founder of one of the nation’s oldest abortion clinics, says the recession, coupled with abortion restrictions, could lead to more abortion-related deaths as women seek abortions outside of clinics. SHFWire photo by Brooke KellyWASHINGTON – Times are getting harder for women seeking abortions, advocates say, even though this month marked the 39th anniversary of Roe V. Wade, the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

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