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James R.

Arkin
1811 S Street NW Apt. 302 Washington, DC 20009 / (614) 572-9177 / jarkin102@gmail.com / jamesarkin.com
EDUCATION
Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University Evanston, IL
Masters of Science in Journalism December 2014

Bachelors of Science Degree in Journalism; double major in Political Science June 2013

JOURNALISM EXPERIENCE
RealClearPolitics Washington, DC
Congressional Reporter January 2015-Present
Beat reporter covering the House and Senate for RCP, producing stories on legislation, Republican and
Democratic politics within Congress and congressional elections
Broke major stories including the end of bipartisan push on criminal justice reform in 2016; the effort by
Senators Tim Kaine and Jeff Flake to force Congress to authorize the war against ISIS; and Republican
senators growing frustration with President Trumps pace nominating administration officials
Covered 2016 Congressional elections, including Senator Rubios re-election against Rep. Patrick Murphy
Reported competitively in fast-paced breaking news environments, including the resignation of Speaker John
Boehner, the election of Speaker Paul Ryan to replace him, and multiple government shutdown showdowns
Center for Public Integrity Washington, DC
National Security Intern June 2014-September 2014
Reported and wrote five investigative pieces covering national security issues with the federal government
Covered U.S. weapons tracking in Afghanistan; faulty intelligence data; and proliferation of biosafety labs
BuzzFeed Politics New York, NY
Reporting Intern October 2013-December 2013
Reported and wrote multiple stories per week dealing with national political issues including the government
shutdown, the 2014 Republican primary election in Wyoming, the New York mayoral election and other
breaking news events
Politico Washington, DC
Reporting Intern July 2013-September 2013
Spent nine weeks as breaking news intern, pitching and writing 3-5 posts per day on a variety of national
political topics for immediate, online publication
Spent three weeks managing Politico Click blog covering intersection of celebrities and politics
Medill Watchdog Initiative Evanston, IL
Spring Intern March 2013-June 2013
Worked as part of a reporting team for Medill Watchdog, an investigative journalism initiative
Helped complete a two-month long investigation into corruption in the Chicago judicial system in a
partnership with the Chicago Tribune and WGN-TV: http://medillwatchdog.org/projects/judges/
The Washington Post Washington, DC
Metro Desk Intern Jan. 2013-March 2013
Wrote breaking news and features in the District and surrounding Maryland, Virginia suburbs
Reported on 2013 March for Life; President Obamas second inauguration; mental health first aid training;
multiple fatal fires; a profile of a Maryland professor who was awarded the National Medal of Science
Spent three weeks as cops/courts beat reporter for Fairfax County, Virginia
New York Daily News New York, NY
City Hall Intern; Scripps Howard Foundation Multimedia Fellowship recipient June 2012-August 2012
Covered New York City, New York State and national politics for Daily Politics blog
Wrote 4-5 breaking news posts per day; 3-4 news/features for blog per week; 6-7 pieces for print publication

SKILLS
Proficient in Avid Video, Adobe Premiere Pro, Final Cut, Audacity; Knowledgeable in HTML/CSS/JavaScript, Adobe
Photoshop and Flash