News Story from: 12/19/14
December 19, 2014 – Washington D.C. – David Rothkopf, Editor and CEO of the FP Group announced today that Lara Jakes, an award-winning national security reporter and war correspondent, is joining the magazine as deputy managing editor for news, a role in which she will help lead the news team, and manage the day-to-day assignment and editing process.
Lara has covered security and diplomacy for a decade at the Associated Press, and was most recently a senior national security correspondent here in Washington and based at the State Department. She worked in Iraq for three years at AP’s bureau in Baghdad, including one as bureau chief. Prior to that, she covered the Pentagon and the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.
In making the announcement, Rothkopf observed, “Lara is a terrific addition to our growing news team and illustrates our commitment to continue to enhance our ability to provide our readers around the world with unique insights and analysis into the most important stories shaping global affairs.”
Jakes will report to Yochi Dreazen, FP’s Managing Editor, News.
Over the last 15 years, Jakes has reported on war and sectarian fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, the West Bank, and Northern Ireland. Her reporting has earned numerous awards, including first place recognition for AP team coverage in 2009. She was a 2005 homeland security fellow at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.
Jakes is a 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is pursuing a master’s degree in foreign relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She lives in Alexandria, Va., with her husband.