Jake Williams is currently the Manager of Strategic Initiatives for Scoop News Group’s StateScoop property, which covers IT and technology in state & local governments. He is based in Washington, D.C.
At StateScoop, Jake leads the publication’s strategic endeavors and partnerships in the private and public sector. He was behind the successful launch of the company’s Virtual Internship Program in September 2015.
Spending about 25 percent of his time on the road, Jake travels to cities and state capitals across the country to find out who is doing what in innovative technology and citizen services.
Previously, Jake spent his time with Scoop News Group covering the daily news in state and local governments for StateScoop as a staff reporter. Before that, he covered the White House, Capitol Hill and several cabinet level departments for FedScoop. He has also covered the emerging issues surrounding the commercialization of unmanned aircraft systems and the financial and technological woes at the United States Postal Service.
He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2014, with a major in journalism and a minor in political science.
During most of his undergraduate career, Jake served as president of the IUP chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In his second year of college, he was the editor in chief of the campus newspaper, The Penn. Prior to his third and final year as an undergraduate, he spent the summer in Washington, D.C. as an intern. In his final year of college, he contributed a political column to The Penn and hosted a political talk show on WIUP 90.1 FM. He also worked during the fall as a political correspondent for PoliticsPA, an online news source covering the Keystone State’s political landscape.
Jake has had bylines in The Huffington Post, Campaigns & Elections, The Indiana Gazette, The Pike County Dispatch, The Penn, The HawkEye and on his own blog, where he has occasionally posted freelance reporting.
When he isn’t working, Jake is probably checking Twitter, finding the best coffee shop in a location, talking to his Grandma or thinking about how one can change the world.
He is interested in how politics affect people, generational shifts, civic engagement and how governments can use technology to make citizen’s lives better.
Jake is originally from Matamoras, Pa.
To learn more about Jake, take a look at his (pretty out of date) résumé. It’s right here.
For general contact information for Jake, head on over to his contact page.