Meet the Team

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
US President Donald Trump arrives on Air Force One at the Palm Beach International Airport.
Getty Images / Joe RaedlePolitics

Trump Is About To Take A 17-Day Vacation; Let's Put That Into Context

A youth waves Egyptian flags from a lamp post in Tahrir Square on February 1, 2011 in Cairo, Egypt.
Getty Images / Peter MacdiarmidWorld

What A Flag Can Tell You About Its Country

An Islamic State sign in the northwestern Iraq town of Ba'aj, June 20, 2017, near the Iraq-Syria border.
Getty Images / Martyn AimWorld

Terror Attacks Worldwide Are Down For Second Straight Year

Men watch a news conference of Russian president Vladimir Putin on TVs in a store June 24, 2002 in Moscow.
Getty Imgaes / Oleg NikishinWorld

How State Media Became A Weapon Of Information Warfare

A member of the Turkish-backed Free Syrian Army (FSA) patrols in the border town of Jarablus, August 31, 2016, Syria.
Getty Images / Defne KaradenizWorld

The US And Russia Have Agreed To Implement A Cease-Fire In Syria

Workers unload medical supplies to fight the Ebola epidemic from a USAID cargo flight on August 24, 2014 in Harbel, Liberia.
Getty Images / John MooreU.S.

Why Trump's Budget Cuts To US Soft Power Matter

An F/A-18F Super Hornet fires a Sidewinder AIM-9M missile during an exercise.
U.S. Department of DefenseU.S.

It's Really Rare For One Fighter Jet To Take Down Another: Here's Why

An image of Cameroon with its name in French on an old map.
Newsy / Andrew LawlerWorld

C'est La Violence: Cameroon Is Fighting Over Language

A photo released by ISIS showing a man loading a homemade mortar.

ISIS Drones And The 'Industrial Revolution Of Terrorism'

A man stands in the ruins of a building destroyed during fighting between Iraqi forces and ISIS.
Getty Images / Carl CourtWorld

After ISIS Falls, What Happens To Its 'Digital Caliphate'?

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher in his office
Newsy / Jake GodinPolitics

Putin-Friendly Congressman: FBI Alert Of Russian Spies Was 'Insulting'

US President Donald J. Trump and President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan deliver joint statements at the White House.
Getty ImagesWorld

Pro-Erdoğan Violence In D.C. Is A Window Into The Crackdown In Turkey

A Mercator projection map from 1897
David Rumsey Historical Map Collection / Rand McNally and CompanyWorld

Why Most World Maps Are Very Wrong

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