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About Government Matters

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.

Our Team

Francis Rose


Francis Rose is an award-winning broadcaster, journalist, speaker, writer and host of Government Matters on Washington, DC’s 7News 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.

Allan Holmes

Managing Director

Allan Holmes oversees all facets of Government Matters’ Federal Market platforms. He is an award-winning journalist who has covered business and government his entire career. He headed coverage of government and technology at Bloomberg Government, CIO Magazine and FCW. He oversaw the launch of Nextgov, the government technology website for Government Executive Media Group.

Before joining Government Matters, Allan was an editor and senior reporter at the Center for Public Integrity, covering technology and heading a team investigating inequality. His articles have appeared in The New York Times, NBC News, Slate, Reveal Radio, Time, USA Today, and other national publications.

Allan graduated with a journalism degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and later earned a Master of Public Policy at Duke University. He is an avid fan of college hoops, especially his beloved Tar Heels, and enjoys southern cooking and hiking. Allan and his wife, Kris, live in Arlington, Virginia, and have four sons and two dogs.

Charis Hanner


Charis received her Master’s of Professional Studies in journalism from Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies in 2018. During her graduate level studies she produced 360 video and immersive stories while on-site in Reykjavik, Iceland and published work in the Washington City Paper on the historical designation debate of D.C. community Kingman Park.

She graduated from Georgia State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism-Telecommunications. During her undergraduate years she studied Global Business & Media abroad in Istanbul, Turkey and Budapest, Hungary in the summer of 2013 and studied in Hong Kong in 2014, where she concentrated in Entrepreneurship and Modern Media. Charis interned at WSB-TV Channel 2 News and Atlanta CBS Radio station, V-103.

A third-generation native of Atlanta, Charis enjoys cheering on the Atlanta Braves and Falcons from afar and exploring new sights and savory foods in D.C.

Ashley Gallagher

Associate Producer

Ashley graduated from The George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs in 2019 and received the Distinguished Scholar title for her year. Prior to joining the Government Matters team, she worked in the media library at ABC News in the Washington, D.C. office.

While attending GWU, she interned for NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the Environmental Protection Agency and the Smithsonian. She also wrote for Planet Forward, an online publication about sustainability. As a winner of the 2018 Planet Forward Storyfest Competition, she traveled to Alaska on a National Geographic expedition.

Ashley is from Stewartsville, New Jersey and now lives in Washington, D.C. In her free time, she can be found reading, baking or enjoying musical theatre.

James Mahoney


James is the Producer for the Government Matters Thought Leadership Network. He graduated from the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill College of Journalism in the spring of 2020. Prior to his current role, James interned with Government Matters during his junior year of college.

During his time at Maryland, James also interned at Fox Business Network’s New York City headquarters. On campus, he was an executive producer for The Left Bench, a student-run organization covering all things Terrapins. He broadcasted everything from softball and lacrosse to NCAA Tournament soccer and basketball with the school’s student radio station, WMUC Sports. Despite his love of sports, James has also spent his life studying American history and government.

James is from Long Island, and can be found in his free time hopelessly cheering on the New York Mets and Islanders or watching stand-up comedy specials.

Beatrix Haddon

Web Editor

Beatrix graduated from James Madison University in 2015 with degrees from the School of Media Arts and Design and the College of Business. She is skilled in video production, photography, web design, graphic design and writing.

Beatrix has experience with digital media content creation at EY, Marriott International and Top Style by Kate Noda hair salon. At JMU, she worked as a photographer for The Breeze newspaper and received the John Woody Scholarship for excellence in media production.

In her free time, Beatrix enjoys cooking, reading nonfiction and spending time with friends and family. She is from the D.C. area and currently lives in Arlington, VA.

Patti Nuttycombe Cochran

Marketing Consultant

A lifelong Washingtonian, Patti has spent her professional career in media sales and sales management and business development.

Patti’s media sales career has included sales and sales management at DC’s exclusive classical music station (WGMS), CBS News Radio and iHeartRadio (WASH-FM, WBIG-FM, WMZQ-FM, DC101), where she led Millennial Marketing.

At her core, Patti is an energetic and persistent, results-oriented sales and management professional who prefers to convey intangible value through passionate storytelling. Government Matters’ position as the only TV show devoted to the business of government offers her an important and unique story to tell!

When Patti’s not networking or storytelling, she spends her happiest time with her two adult daughters and husband, Tim.

Cat Nguyen

Digital Account Manager

Cat Nguyen manages GovMatters Thought Leadership Network’s Digital and Custom campaigns. She is truly the team’s “Air Traffic Controller,” bringing her broad experience in digital media content creation, planning and project management in media, marketing and events to all our custom projects. Cat Nguyen previously worked at National Geographic Channel, Museum of the Bible and Yoshitoshi Recordings.

Cat’s passion is discovering new music, listening and learning from Clubhouse and podcasts. In her free time she’s an Influencer for drinkbabe, spends quality time with friends and family and is committed to her work. Cat’s pro bono focus is working with organizations to empower individuals who are looking to overcome mental health issues and obstacles.

Marjorie Censer

Fill-in Host

Marjorie Censer is fill-in host of Government Matters and editor of Inside Defense. At Inside Defense, she covers defense contractors, from new acquisitions to changed strategies.

Marjorie previously worked at the Washington Post and its local business publication Capital Business, covering defense industry reshaping, the increased scrutiny of contractors following the Edward Snowden case and the challenges of canceling military programs. From 2007 to 2010, she was managing editor of Inside the Army. She also previously worked as defense editor at POLITICO and as a staff writer at the Carroll County Times and the Princeton Packet.

A Fairfax, Virginia native, Marjorie graduated from Princeton University. She lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her husband, daughter and cat.

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