Meet the Team

Jake Godin

National Security Reporter

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
Sudanese protesters wave the flag of Sudan
ReutersWorld

After Coup, Sudan Faces Fragile Transition To Democracy

Graphic from BBC's investigation of a killing in Cameroon
BBCWorld

Open-Source Techniques Have Created A Whole New Kind Of Reporter

A video that went viral on Twitter showed the murder of women and children in northern Cameroon.
BBCWorld

How Journalists Solved Murders From Thousands Of Miles Away

U.S. President Donald Trump and Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu show the proclamation Trump signed.
Getty Images / Alex WongPolitics

US-Israel History Laid Groundwork For Trump’s Pro-Israel Policies

Dozens of video from the day the incident took place on the bridge help verify who started the fire.
Noticias UnoWorld

Who Set Fire To Venezuela Aid? New Footage Gives A Clearer Picture

Vice President Mike Pence and Colombian President Ivan Duque shake hands with Venezuelan President Juan Guaido.
The White HouseWorld

US-Venezuelan Standoff Untenable, But No Clear Way Forward

Europe faces a tough decision in whether it should bring back foreign fighters who joined ISIS or not.
 World

With ISIS On Backfoot, Focus Is Now On Foreigners Who Joined Group

Russia is reportedly planning to test disconnecting from the internet some time this spring.
Newsy / Jake GodinTech

Why Russia's Internet Shutdown Test Worries Free Speech Activists

U.S. President Donald J. Trump speaks to Combined Joint Task Force – Operation Inherent Resolve senior leaders in December.
U.S. Army National Guard / 1st Lt. Leland WhitePolitics

Iraqis Blast Trump’s Pivot From Fighting ISIS To Watching Iran

Afghan and foreign investigators inspect the site of a suicide car bomb attack on May 18, 2010 in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Getty ImagesPolitics

Taliban Snub Of Afghan Government Could Hinder Peace Talks

A satellite image showing the towns of Puerto Palomas and Columbus
Newsy / Jake Godin / Google EarthPolitics

What A Mexican And US Border Town Think Of Trump's Wall

A birds-eye view of the border at the southern end of James Johnson's farm in New Mexico.
Newsy / Jake GodinPolitics

Small Bordertown Finds Itself In Middle Of Political Debate Over Wall

A U.S. Soldier walks toward a tactical vehicle used to provide security during a patrol outside Manbij, Syria.
U.S. Army / Sgt. Nicole PaesePolitics

How Turkey Is Complicating The US Withdrawal From Syria

Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir
Sudan News AgencyWorld

Why Sudan Protests Could Be The President's Biggest Challenge Yet

U.S. Coalition Forces fire an M120 mortar round targeting a known ISIS location in southeast Syria, September 10, 2018.
U.S. Army / Sgt. Matthew CraneU.S.

US Withdrawal From Syria Leaves Stabilization Efforts In The Wind

Geolocation can help debunk false claims against Syria's White Helmets group.
Google MapsWorld

How Digital Detective Work Debunks Russia's Claims On White Helmets

Frame from video of Russian ship ramming Ukrainian vessel
Ministry of Internal Affairs of UkraineWorld

Russia's Seizure Of Ukrainian Boats Is An Attempt To Exert Control

Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman
Getty Images / Alex WongPolitics

Trump Still Struggling With Saudi Role In Khashoggi's Death

Central American migrants
Getty ImagesPolitics

Courts Will Likely Decide If Trump Can Change Asylum Rules On His Own

Maine's state legislature building
Tony Webster / CC BY SA 2.0Politics

Democrats See Modest State-Level Gains From Midterm Elections

Cameroon's President Paul Biya listens while attending the One Planet Summit.
Presidency of the Republic of CameroonWorld

Cameroon's Election Crisis Stressing A Nation On The Brink

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Getty ImagesWorld

Journalist's Death Deepens Saudi-Turkish Divide

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Saudi Arabia
U.S. Department of StateWorld

Khashoggi Case Forces US To Choose Between Interests And Values

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Getty Images / Sean GallupWorld

Despite Human Rights Record, Turkey Takes The Lead In Khashoggi Case

Posters of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi
Getty Images / Chris McGrathWorld

Journalist's Disappearance Straining Ties Between Saudi Arabia And US

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley looks on during a United Nations Security Council meeting at the UN.
Getty Images / Drew AngererPolitics

Nikki Haley The Face Of Trump's Least Popular Policies On Global Stage

An interpreter speaks with Kurdish villagers during a humanitarian mission involving US, Iraqi and Kurdish forces.
Getty ImagesPolitics

The US Is Taking In Less Refugees. That Could Put It At Risk.

U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a memorandum that reinstates sanctions on Iran.
Getty Images / Chip SomodevillaWorld

Europe's Plan To Dodge US Iran Sanctions Shows Growing Gap In Policy

The Macedonian and NATO flags are show flying next to each other.
Government of the Republic of MacedoniaWorld

Russian Efforts In Macedonia Latest Attempt To Influence Balkans

The guided-missile destroyer USS Mahan (DDG 72) departs Naval Station Norfolk in preparation for Hurricane Florence.
U.S. NavyU.S.

As Hurricane Florence Rolls In, The Navy Ships Out