About

Jessica Knox Photography
The next ambassador?
Probably not.

Hi! Here’s the Scoop on Me 😉

For much of my career, I’ve been the managing editor of The Washington Diplomat, an independent monthly newspaper with a readership of over 120,000 that has been the flagship publication of the diplomatic community in the nation’s capital for over 25 years.

In addition, I’m a broadcast producer and web editor for WTOP (103.5 FM), where I’m responsible for planning the on-air lineups, writing and editing stories for the website, and coordinating with anchors, reporters and others in a fast-paced environment.

In addition, I created and host a podcast called Global 360 in which I break down the big headlines of the day. Recent episodes have tackled issues such as the rise of “Zoom diplomacy” and how foreign policy shaped the U.S. election.

I also recently began my own email newsletter called Beltway Breakdown (https://annagawel.substack.com) that is sent to nearly 1,000 subscribers and offers my take on our current political turmoil.

I’ve had hundreds of articles published on world affairs, U.S. foreign policy, politics, security, business, travel, arts and culture. That includes dozens of profiles of ambassadors from nations such as Canada, Colombia, the European Union and Sweden, among others. Other topics I’ve written about range from the impact of budget cuts at the State Department to tourism in the Baltics to Caribbean efforts to fight climate change.

I’ve been tapped to speak as an expert for think tanks such as the Middle East Institute and World Affairs Council and on news/radio broadcasts such as SiriusXM’s POTUS Channel and PRI’s The World.

Prior to The Washington Diplomat, I was a morning news assistant at WMAL Radio and a production assistant at PBS for the political commentary TV program “To The Contrary.”

I hold a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, and speak Polish and French.

Click here to check out my LinkedIn page.

Click here to check out an article my friend Beth Solomon did on me that makes me seem far more interesting than I actually am 😉

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