About Government Matters

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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 ProducerGeorge Jackson – 703-357-5895

ProducerColby Hochmuth – 571-289-7116

HostFrancis Rose

Managing Director – John Meyer – 202-276-6808


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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.

Francis’s first book, “The OPM Cyber Breach: An In Depth Look at the Worst Cyber Attack in Government History” is available on Amazon. Francis is highly sought-after as a speaker and moderator of high-profile events in the federal community. His 30-year broadcast career includes stops at America’s leading broadcasters, including ABC Radio, CBS Radio, Westwood One, and C-SPAN.

News and talk radio trade magazine Talkers selected “In Depth with Francis Rose” for its list of the 250 most important talk shows in America in 2012.

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.

Colby Hochmuth – Producer/Anchor

She graduated from Pace University in 2013 with a degree in Journalism and Political Science. While in college in New York City, Colby interned at CNN, the CBS News Evening News, Fox News, NY1 News, RNN News and The Hill Newspaper.

Colby spent the first two years of her post-college reporting career in Washington, D.C. covering the federal I.T. marketplace for FedScoop, and later joining Federal Computer Week as a staff writer.

Colby joined WJLA in early 2015 as an associate producer for the morning program, Good Morning Washington. After two months, she was promoted to a producer role for the 7a.m. hour of Good Morning Washington. After 1.5 years in that role, she joined the Government Matters team.

Colby is from Schenectady, New York. She lives in Arlington, Virginia with her hound dog Penny.

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

As Web & Video Editor, Andrew manages the presence of Government Matters across several platforms, and acts as a field camera for events and on-location reporting. He graduated from Hofstra University with a degree in Video/TV and a passion for editing and production.

Andrew’s work transcends many topics and mediums.  He has written articles and produced science videos for PBS NewsHour, Science Magazine and WNET, and worked live election coverage for FiveThirtyEight. His work has been featured in outlets like Vox, Time and Scientific American.

In his spare time, Andrew enjoys reading, playing video games, performing music and traveling. As part of his coursework in college, Andrew spent time in Japan learning history, language and culture.

A DC-native, Andrew lives in Arlington, VA with two dogs and an absurdly large collection of classic comic books.

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