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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 Host

Francis Rose


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 and Executive Producer

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 Hanner


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.

Ashley Gallagher

Associate Producer

Ashley is the Associate Producer of Government Matters. She 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.

Andrew Wagner Web and Video Editor

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.

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.

Where to Watch
  • WJLA 24/7 News
    Weeknights at 8 PM and 11 PM on WJLA 24/7
  • ABC7
    Sunday Mornings at 10:30 AM on ABC7
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    Worldwide on American Forces Network

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