Lara Jakes is the deputy managing editor of news for Foreign Policy magazine in Washington and formerly an award-winning correspondent for The Associated Press. She worked for AP for more than 12 years, concluding in Washington as a senior national security writer based at the State Department. She also served as a foreign correspondent based in Iraq, including one year as AP Chief of Bureau in Baghdad. Jakes joined AP in 2002 in the news wire's Washington bureau, where she covered the Pentagon and the U.S. Departments of Justice and Homeland Security as a war, counterterrorism and intelligence writer. She previously worked as a national correspondent for Hearst Newspapers and staff reporter at the Times Union newspaper of Albany, N.Y., ultimately as chief political writer.
Over the last 15 years, Jakes has covered war and sectarian fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, Israel, the West Bank and Northern Ireland. She is a 1995 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and is pursuing a master’s degree in foreign relations at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Jakes was on an AP reporting team that won first place awards from the Scripps Howard National Journalism Foundation and the Associated Press Managing Editors Association for coverage of the 2009 Fort Hood shootings. She was a 2005 homeland security fellow at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She lives in Alexandria, Va., with her husband.