Jack Detsch

Writer, Correspondent and Researcher

EDUCATION

B.A. International Affairs (degree concentration in Conflict & Security studies),
The George Washington University, Elliott School of International Affairs, Washington DC
» Phi Beta Kappa
» Magna Cum Laude
» Elliott School Special Honors

EXPERIENCE

Al-Monitor, Washington, DC: Pentagon correspondent (June 2017 – Present)
» Assisted in directing series on Middle East lobbying, crafting a dozen stories from primary source research of Justice and Defense Department documents.
» Broke stories on Pentagon plans to expand military bases in Iraq and Syria, expand support for Iraqi Interior Ministry, and Turkey’s offer of troops for US-led anti-Islamic State campaign

The Christian Science Monitor, Washington, DC: Staff Writer (September 2015 – June 2017)
» Wrote daily features for the Passcode cybersecurity newsletter that grew to over 11,000 subscribers
» Broke stories on the Islamic State’s development of Android applications and Telegram “kill lists.”
» Assisted in the development and execution of 30 live events, using the content to create podcasts and multimedia stories

The Diplomat Magazine, Washington, DC: Editorial Assistant (May 2013 – May 2015)
» Created blog and features articles on Asian security and economic affairs.
» Conducted interviews with foreign sources, assisted in research, editing, and fact-checking.
» Commissioned new columns from the political, academic and business communities.

KQED News, San Francisco, CA: News Intern (January 2014 – June 2014)
» Reported news stories for broadcast on education, transportation, and state politics.
» Booked guests and produced shows for KQED’s Forum call-in program, including Austin Kleon and a show on the future of journalism. Directed an hour of the live show. 
» Assisted with background research, fact-checking, and editing for evening newscasts.

U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC: Intern (May – August 2012)
» Supported management of a $5 billion security assistance account.
» Coordinated with several inter-agency stakeholders to develop account strategy.
» Ensured prompt delivery of assistance with embassies and foreign partners.

NPR News, Washington, DC: Washington Desk Intern (August – December 2011)
» Organized reports of 2012 campaign activities.
» Gathered audio, developed and pitched ideas for stories on politics, including Don Gonyea's profile of Texas Governor Rick Perry and the Jefferson-Jackson dinner.
» Published weekly articles and analysis, assisted with layout for Intern Edition blog.

RELATED SKILLS

» Proficient in Microsoft Office, Creative Suite, HTML, CSS, Digital Photography and Processing.js
» Advanced level Spanish speaker, intermediate level Portuguese speaker

HONORS / AWARDS

Annenberg Fellow, Council of American Ambassadors, Summer 2012
» Selected as one of seven Annenberg fellows by the Council of American Ambassadors during an internship at the U.S. Department of State. During the program, I completed coursework at Georgetown University and received mentorship from Ambassador Timothy Chorba.

Elliott School Undergraduate Scholar, Fall 2012
» Selected as one of fifteen scholars to conduct a year-long senior thesis project at the George Washington University's Elliott School. Crafted a project about the perceptions of state failure in Somalia under the supervision of Professor Paul Williams.