AP’s Senior Nat Sec Reporter Lara Jakes Heads to Foreign Policy

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.11.08 PMThe Associated Press’s award-winning national security reporter, Lara Jakes,  is heading over to Foreign Policy to be the magazine’s new deputy managing editor, FP’s editor and CEO David Rothkopf announced in a staff memo last week.

Jakes is leaving her current post as senior national security correspondent after spending more than a decade covering national security, conflict and diplomacy for the AP. She’s worked in Washington covering the Pentagon,  Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State as well as working as a correspondent and bureau chief in Iraq. She’s earned several awards for her work including first place recognition for AP team coverage in 2009, as well as receiving a homeland security fellowship at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

“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,” Rothkopf said in the memo obtained by Fishbowl DC.

She’s expected to start at the beginning of January and she is “most looking forward to working with smart thinkers and writers at Foreign Policy who will set the agenda in Washington while beating the pants off the competition,” Jakes told Fishbowl DC.