The Washington Post has been building out its rapid-response investigative team since it announced its intention to create the unit in January. With the four newest additions, Shawn Boburg, Emma Brown, Aaron Davis and Beth Reinhard, announced over the weekend, the Post has filled out its 8-person team, which is led by Eric Rich.
Three of the moves to the team are internal, with Boburg, Brown and Davis all joining from the Metro desk, while Reinhard comes over from The Wall Street Journal.
Boburg has served as an accountability reporter on the Metro team. He joined in December 2015, which led inexorably to working on Trump coverage, contributing to what turned into Trump Revealed, the Post’s Trump biography released in August 2016. He joined the Post from The Record in New Jersey, where he was one of the reporters who broke the story on the Bridgegate scandal, the politically motivated closure of lanes in Fort Lee the fed into the George Washington Bridge.
Brown’s beat in Metro has been K-12 education, which bled into election territory when she wrote about the fraud claims of former Trump University students. She has since headed up coverage on education secretary Betsy DeVos and issues related to campaign contributions and DeVos’ push for so-called school choice initiatives.
Davis has covered D.C. politics, where his work has included unearthing access contributors to a PAC tied to D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser received and how political connections helped parents secure lottery spots in select public schools. Davis has been with the Post since 2008, joining from the Associated Press.
At the Journal, Reinhard has served as a reporter, recently covering criminal justice and previously covering national politics and the 2016 presidential campaign, focusing on Jeb Bush during the primaries. Prior to joining the Journal, Reinhard had been at National Journal, where she was the publication’s lead political correspondent during the 2012 campaign. She previously led campaign coverage for the 2008 campaign, at The Miami Herald, where she also served as a statewide political reporter and covered the infamous 2000 election and its hanging chad aftermath. She joins Aug. 21.