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Jake Godin

National Security Reporter

Jake Godin is a reporter with his eye on the Middle East and North Africa, national security, and terrorism. Hailing from a town in central Illinois that you've likely never heard of, Jake joined Newsy in 2012 after graduating from the University of Missouri's School of Journalism. 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.

  Recent Work
A new report from Newsy's partner Bellingcat reveals the identities of Russian-backed separatists linked to MH17's downing.
Newsy / Kevin ClancyWorld

Who Shot Down MH17? These Are The Rebels Linked To The Massacre

Serial numbers provide links to the origin of an Iranian unmanned aerial attack vehicle on display.
Department of Defense / EJ HersomWorld

How Iran Exerts Influence Beyond Its Borders

A video featuring Nazi imagery on YouTube
Getty Images / Sean GallupU.S.

Far-Right Online Radicalization Isn't A New Phenomenon

Ruined house in Sri Lanka
Getty Images / Allison JoyceWorld

Shift In ISIS Strategy Looks To Take Advantage Of Local Groups

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