Jory Heckman is a multimedia journalist with a passion for politics and government. He is currently a web editor and writer for Federal News Radio and lives in Washington, D.C. He works on the Federal Drive, a morning-drive radio program hosted by Tom Temin that focuses on news within the federal government.

Heckman previously interned for CBS News Radio in Washington, where he spent a summer editing audio for hourly news updates and booking interviews with prominent political figures such as Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), Gen. Michael Hayden and author Jonathan Alter.

National correspondent Dan Raviv recommended him for a desk assistant position with CBS News in New York, a job that he juggled while finishing his final semester at Hofstra University and penning his undergraduate thesis on military interventions by the United Nations Security Council.

As an intern reporter for the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire, Heckman experienced all the rigors of being a political reporter in the nation’s capital. In this role, he wrote daily wire stories on White House news conferences, congressional hearings and oral arguments at the Supreme Court. Many of his Scripps Howard clips are the product of enterprise reporting and data obtained from various government databases.

His research, for example, was used and credited in a bureau-wide investigative project, “Meth Mayhem,” which visualized data on meth contamination laws in every state.

Heckman graduated from the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication at Hofstra University in 2013. He was born in Reading, Pennsylvania and grew up alongside the Appalachian Mountains in Hamburg, Pennsylvania.