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Jakcie Koszczuk

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Jackie Koszczuk most recently was the Director of Communications for the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, where she managed a team of public affairs communications specialists for the federal agency. Prior to joining the Obama administration, she was a longtime Washington-based journalist. She was the editor of The Almanac of American Politics and was a member of National Journal’s politics team for the 2012 elections. Over the course of her career, she has covered politics and government for daily newspapers, magazines and websites. Her first assignment was with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in the late 1980s, when Jim Wright was the speaker of the House and George Mitchell was the Senate majority leader.

Koszczuk was a national correspondent for the Knight Ridder newspaper chain in Washington, writing for such publications as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Miami Herald and the Detroit Free Press. Earlier, she was a senior writer for CQ’s Weekly Report, where she wrote about the congressional leadership. She later edited the company’s political handbook, Politics in America.

Koszczuk (KOZ chuck) is a winner of the Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting on Congress. She also has received top awards from the Dallas Press Club for government and political reporting and from the Chicago Press Club for feature writing. Born and raised in Chicago, Koszczuk has a bachelor’s degree in communications from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. She lives in Bethesda, Maryland with her husband, Joe Sobczyk, also a journalist and SIU-C graduate. They have two children, Nicholas and Eleanor.