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KHRISTOPHER J. BROOKS is a veteran reporter from Detroit. Before coming to New York City, Brooks worked as the higher education reporter for the Omaha World-Herald. Brooks has also worked as the business, K-12 and higher education reporter for the Bristol (Va.) Herald Courier. Brooks, a 2006 Chips Quinn Scholar, is a former NYTimes.com and Associated Press writer, and his byline has been published in newspapers and magazines all over the country. He began his journalism career in 2000 as a varsity sports reporter for his high school newspaper in Romulus, Mich. He holds a bachelor’s degree in News/Editorial Journalism and General Political Science from Central Michigan University and a master's degree in Literary Reportage from New York University.