Government Matters is a multi-platform news program dedicated to providing non-partisan information and analysis to federal managers, contractors and those supporting the federal marketplace. Government Matters is focused on exploring the challenges and issues facing federal managers, highlighting success stories within the federal community, and providing an outlet for both government and industry to share their outlook with the federal marketplace. Government Matters’ primary areas of concentration are technology, security, defense, management, industry and workforce.
To Contact Government Matters:
Executive Producer – George Jackson – 703-357-5895
Host – Francis Rose
Managing Director – John Meyer – 202-276-6808
Francis Rose – Host
Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer, and host of Government Matters on Washington, DC’s ABC7 and WJLA 24/7 News. He has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He was host of “In Depth with Francis Rose” on Federal News Radio from 2008 to 2015 after joining the station in 2006. His guest list has included virtually every important name in the federal government.
George Jackson – Creator & Executive Producer
George Jackson is the creator and executive producer of Government Matters. He graduated from The Ohio State University in 2003 with a bachelor’s degree in English. In 2006, he earned his master’s in broadcast journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park. George spent the first five years of his TV news career at WJHL-TV in Johnson City Tenn. – beginning as an overnight producer for the station’s 6 a.m. broadcast. He advanced to lead on-air reporter for WJHL’s 11 p.m. newscast. As a reporter, George examined the earnings of two non-profit hospital systems, felony charges filed against a local sheriff, predatory paving companies, a health benefits backlog for local veterans, and a series of cold-case murder investigations. He received an honorable mention for Best TV Reporter in the 2011 Tennessee AP Broadcast awards and won a Best Investigative Reporting award from Media General in 2010. George joined NewsChannel 8 in 2012 to produce Capital Insider, which won him a National Capital Area Emmy award. One year later, he developed and recorded the pilot episode of Government Matters – initially a niche program about the federal information technology (IT) marketplace. It debuted as a weekly show on Sunday, August 4th of 2013. In 2016, Government Matters launched a new website, expanded to six days a week and broadened its focus to include tech, security, defense, workforce, acquisition and industry issues. George is from Toledo, Ohio. He lives with his wife, twin daughters and a pair of Alaskan Malamutes in Alexandria, Virginia.
Charis Hanner – Associate Producer
Charis received her Master’s of Professional Studies in Journalism from Georgetown University in 2018. Her coursework included international media experience in Reykjavik, Iceland where she produced a 360-degree video and immersive stories. Charis graduated from Georgia State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism-Telecommunications. While attending GSU, she studied Global Business & Media in Turkey and Hungary as well as Entrepreneurship and Modern Media in Hong Kong. Charis interned at WSB-TV Channel 2 News and CBS Radio’s The People’s Station: V-103 while completing her degree. A third-generation native of Atlanta, Charis enjoys blogging and exploring new sights, sounds and savory foods in the DMV area.
Andrew Wagner – Web & Video Editor