Jack Detsch


Jack Detsch is a writer, radio journalist, and researcher in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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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


The Diplomat Magazine, Washington, DC: Editorial Assistant (May 2013 – Present)
» 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. Pre-interviewed and booked guests for shows on  transportationmathematics, state parksBay Area theatre, San Francisco's famed Beach Blanket Babylon, and technology
» Assisted with background research, fact-checking, and editing for evening newscasts.

Truman National Security Project, Washington, DC: Intern (August – November 2012)
» Assisted in building Iran simulation game for “Tell me How this Ends” campaign.
» Planned and executed Capitol Hill events for Truman members.

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.

World Affairs Council of Northern California, San Francisco, CA: Education Intern (June – August 2011)
» Co-developed 8-week Summer Institute on International Affairs.
» Designed weekly lesson plans, oversaw implementation of curriculum, wrote blog posts.

Stoller Design Group, Berkeley, CA: Web Project Manager (May – August 2011)
» Built 400 pages of HTML, CSS, and multimedia for the San Francisco Art Institute.
» Presented weekly progress reports.

Office of Senator Dianne Feinstein, Washington DC: Legislative Intern (January – April 2011)
» Constructed weekly legislative briefs and memos used in speeches and media appearances.
» Conducted research for biweekly letters to constituents.

Streit Council for A Union of Democracies, Washington DC: Research Intern (August – December 2010)
» Contributed lead articles on transatlantic relations and defense to the think tank’s website, generating best traffic numbers for the year. Wrote a longer featured piece
» Designed, launched and contributed reports; designed strategies to increase web-traffic.

Integrated Fundraising Strategies, San Francisco, CA: Development Intern (May – August 2010)
» Managed Northern California fundraising account for a senate campaign.
» Built and maintained relationships with max-level donors, organized cold calling campaign.


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


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. You can watch my final presentation further down the page.