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Jeff Emanuel served in the U.S. Air Force from 1999-2004 as a Tactical Air Controller, working with conventional and special operations units as a communication expert and air strike controller. His assignments included a year in Korea and combat duty in Iraq, where he was a member of a special operations task force.

He later returned to Iraq as an embedded reporter, working on the front lines in Baghdad, Salman Pak, Samarra, Tal Afar, and elsewhere, with units from the 1st and 3rd Infantry Divisions, the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Special Forces Group, and others. His reporting from the front, which was published in several prestigious newspapers and magazines, included the exclusive cover story of the November 2007 issue of The American Spectator, and earned him the honor of being compared to legendary World War II reporter Ernie Pyle by talk radio icon Paul Harvey.

After leaving the military, Jeff earned a degree in Classics at the University of Georgia while serving as a leadership fellow with the Center for International Trade and Security and competing as a member of the Triathlon and Water Polo teams. He is currently a graduate student of Anthropology and Archaeology at Harvard, with a research focus on nautical archaeology and the biblical world. He also holds a degree in Information Systems Technology.

While at UGA, Jeff was recognized for citizenship and scholarship, including being named the “Pillar of the Community” in 2005. He has also received Rotary Club awards for local and international community service, including establishing an English program for Korean orphans and being trained to represent children in Juvenile Court in abuse and custody cases.

Jeff has been a contributor to CBS News, The American Spectator, and Human Events, and has written for USA Today, the Wall Street Journal, and others. He has also been a health care policy fellow and publication editor, a Director of RedState.com (the “right-leaning weblog most-read on Capitol Hill”), and a featured guest on The O’Reilly Factor, the Laura Ingraham Show, and more. A member of the “New Media Revolution,” Jeff has also been President of a New Media consulting firm, and currently works at the cutting edge of the digital communication space.

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