Guest Artists

DeNeen L. Brown

DeNeen L. Brown headshot

Photo Credit: Jonathan Silvers


DeNeen L. Brown has been an award-winning writer for The Washington Post for more than 35 years. Brown is an associate professor at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism, where she teaches feature writing and the "Power of the Writing Voice."

Brown has written extensively about the country's history of racial terror lynchings and massacres. After Brown's 2018 story on the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre was published on the front page of The Washington Post, the mayor of Tulsa announced he would reopen the city's search for mass graves of victims of the massacre. In October 2020, the city discovered a mass grave that may be connected to the massacre.

Brown's work on Tulsa is featured in two documentaries:

From 2000-2004, Brown was a foreign correspondent for The Washington Post and the first Black woman to cover Canada for The Washington Post. As a foreign correspondent, Brown traveled throughout the Arctic and the Arctic Archipelago, which consists of 94 islands, to write about climate change and indigenous populations. Many of her stories about climate change, which were first-hand reports about the fragile Arctic and thinning sea ice, are cited in scientific journals throughout the world.

In 1999, Brown won the prestigious award for Non-Deadline Writing by the American Society of Newspaper Editors.


Trailer: The Red Summer and the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre

National Geographic Documentary Films partners with filmmaker Dawn Porter on feature documentary RISE AGAIN: TULSA AND THE RED SUMMER, which follows journalist DeNeen Brown as she digs into the events that lead to one of the worst episodes of racial violence in America’s history.