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Jake Godin


Jake digs into the depths of social media to keep tabs on Syria and across the Middle East. His videos provide a glimpse of life in conflict zones and explore the obstacles faced by refugees fleeing those conflict zones. With a wealth of knowledge on extremist groups and how they communicate, he also tries to understand (and explain) radicalization and terror in the digital age. Hailing from a town in central Illinois that you've likely never heard of, Jake joined Newsy in 2012. Since then, he's traveled to the Arctic circle on his motorcycle, covered Canada's mass resettlement of Syrian refugees and moved to Newsy's Washington, D.C. bureau. And he's tweeted — a lot. Be sure to follow him at @JakeGodin.

  Recent Work
President Donald Trump holds a news conference with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg in the White House.
Getty Images / Chip SomodevillaPolitics

President Trump Has Flipped On Many Parts Of His Foreign Policy

A AO-2.5RT/RTM cluster bomb submunition lies on the ground surrounded by danger signs.
Syrian Civil DefenseWorld

Chemical Agents Aren't The Only Banned Weapons Being Used In Syria

The guided-missile destroyer USS Porter (DDG 78) conducts strike operations while in the Mediterranean Sea.
U.S. Navy / Mass Comm Specialist 3rd Class Ford WilliamsWorld

ISIS, Al-Qaeda And Now Assad — The US Adds Another Target In Syria

Syria Civil Defense volunteers decontaminate victims from the chemical weapon attack in northern Syria.
Syria Civil DefenseWorld

The Deadly Chemical Attack In Syria Is Only The Latest Of Many

Volunteers with the Syrian Civil Defense hold an infant affected by the chemical attack in Khan Shaykhun, Syria.
Syrian Civil DefenseWorld

Syrians Suffer Worst Chemical Attack In Years

James Comey, director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, testifies during a committee hearing.
Getty ImagesU.S.

FBI Confirms It's Investigating Any Russian Links To Trump Campaign

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson
Getty ImagesPolitics

US Diplomacy And 'Soft Power' Face Big Cuts In Trump's Budget

A family from Turkey crosses the U.S.-Canada border into Canada
Getty Images / Drew AngererPolitics

More And More Refugees Are Fleeing The US For Canada

Anti-pipeline activist holds up a sign reading "honor our treaties"
Newsy / Jake GodinPolitics

#NoDAPL Activists Put Up A Tipi At Trump D.C. Hotel

A map shows various zones of control in Syria's northern region.
Newsy / Danny MattesonWorld

The Map That Shows How Complicated Syria's Front Lines Are

A National Park Service photo showing the crowd at President Trump's inauguration.
National Park ServicePolitics

National Park Service Releases Photos Showing Inauguration Crowd Size

An Israeli soldier with a flag
Getty Images / Andrew BurtonWorld

Human Rights Watch Researcher Denied Entry Into Israel — Again

U.S. Marines walk past the front of the American Embassy in Baghdad, Iraq.
Getty Images / John MoorePolitics

Trump's Budget Cuts Could Affect Embassies And Diplomats

A woman works at a marijuana facility in Colorado.
Newsy / Kevin ClancyPolitics

Legal Weed's Popularity Could Be An Obstacle For White House Crackdown

Palestinian woman walking past a barricade at Israeli settlement and Palestinian neighborhood
Getty Images / Chris McGrathPolitics

Israel And Palestine's 2-State Solution Explained

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference.
Getty Images / Mario TamaPolitics

President Trump Gets A Live Fact-Check During Press Briefing

A graphic showing the chances of dying in a terror attack in the U.S. committed by foreigners on various visas.
Newsy / Andrew LawlerPolitics

Odds Of Being Killed By A Refugee Terrorist? 1 In 3.6 Billion

Rep. Tulsi Gabbard on the second day of the Democratic National Convention.
Getty Images / Alex WongPolitics

Tulsi Gabbard Still Hasn't Been Fully Transparent About Syria Visit

Activists protest the Dakota Access Pipeline
Getty Images / Scott OlsonU.S.

Army Corps Of Engineers Greenlights Dakota Access Pipeline

John Bercow, the Speaker of the House of Commons
Getty ImagesWorld

The UK Commons Speaker Doesn't Want Trump Addressing Parliament

A masked man in an Al Qaeda instructional video from 2007
U.S. Department of DefenseWorld

Pentagon Accidentally Posts 10-Year-Old Terror Video To Support Raid

President Donald Trump speaks on the phone in the Oval Office of the White House.
Getty Images / Drew AngererPolitics

The US-Australia Refugee Deal That Trump Called 'Dumb'

President Donald Trump takes the Oath of Office
Getty Images / Drew AngererPolitics

Most Americans Disapprove Of Donald Trump — In Record Time

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks after signing executive orders.
Getty ImagesPolitics

Why Won't Trump Release His Tax Returns? Let's Count The Excuses

Police guard the Inauguration parade route.
Newsy / Kevin ClancyPolitics

Here's What D.C.'s Inauguration Security Looks Like On The Ground

Donald Trump and Melania Trump
Getty ImagesPolitics

What To Expect On Day One Of The Trump Administration

Tents in a refugee camp covered in snow
United Rescue AidWorld

Winter In Greece Means Snow, Rain And Freezing Temps For Refugees

A screenshot showing the Perdix micro-drone swarm in flight during their October test.
U.S. Department of DefenseU.S.

The US Is Testing Micro-Drone Swarms Deployed From Fighter Jets

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain prepares to hold a hearing.
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McCain: Election Hacks Are An 'Unprecedented Attack On Our Democracy'

The map exercise used in 2012 before President Obama's second inauguration.
U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Wesley FarnsworthPolitics

Here's The Giant Map The US Military Uses To Prep For Inauguration Day