Julie K. Brown

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Julie K. Brown (born 1961/62) is an American investigative journalist with the Miami Herald best known for pursuing the sex-ring story surrounding financier Jeffrey Epstein.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Brown was raised near Philadelphia by a single parent. She left home at 16 and worked in menial jobs before she could afford to attend college. She graduated magna cum laude from Temple University in 1987 with a degree in journalism.[1]

After college, Brown worked for the Philadelphia Daily News before joining the Miami Herald, around 2000.[1][2][3]

Brown has been credited with the re-opening of the Jeffrey Epstein sexual abuse case. After Epstein was arrested and charged in July 2019, she tweeted in response: "The Real Heroes Here were the courageous victims that faced their fears and told their stories".[4] Brown’s articles, collected under the title Perversion of Justice, resurfaced on social media. “This is what happens when a reporter refuses to give up on a story,” The Columbia Journalism Review wrote on Twitter following Epstein's arrest. Geoffrey Berman, a federal prosecutor for the Southern District of New York, also commented at a news conference that his team had been “assisted by some excellent investigative journalism.”[1]


She won a 2018 George Polk Award in the category of Justice Reporting.[1]

She won a December 2018 Sidney Award.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d e Hsu, Tiffany (July 9, 2019). "The Jeffrey Epstein Case Was Cold, Until a Miami Herald Reporter Got Accusers to Talk". The New York Times. Retrieved July 11, 2019.
  2. ^ "How the Miami Herald investigated Jeffrey Epstein — and his many enablers". Miami Herald. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  3. ^ "The Miami Herald's latest investigation 'pulls the sewer lid' off a 10-year-old story". Poynter. November 28, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2019.
  4. ^ Stelter, Brian (July 8, 2019). "Jeffrey Epstein's arrest shows the power of one newspaper's investigation". CNN. Retrieved July 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Miami Herald wins December Sidney for Exposing Alex Acosta's Sweetheart Deal with Multimillionaire Sex Offender". Hillman Foundation. December 12, 2018. Retrieved April 9, 2019.

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