Jeff Emanuel served in the U.S. Air Force from 1999-2004 as a Tactical Air Controller, working as a member of conventional and Joint Special Operations units as a communications expert and precision air strike controller. His assignments included a year in Korea and combat duty in Iraq, where he was a member of a special operations task force.
He later returned to Iraq as an embedded reporter, working on the front lines in Baghdad, Salman Pak, Samarra, Tal Afar, and elsewhere, with units from the 1st and 3rd Infantry Divisions, the 82nd Airborne Division, 10th Special Forces Group, and others. His reporting from the front, which was published in several prestigious newspapers and magazines, included the exclusive cover story of the November 2007 issue of The American Spectator, and earned him the distinct honor of being compared to legendary World War II reporter Ernie Pyle by talk radio icon Paul Harvey.
After his tour in the military ended in 2004, Jeff returned to school at the University of Georgia, where he earned a degree in Classics (with a Classical Archaeology emphasis). While there, he also served as a security leadership fellow with the University’s Center for International Trade and Security, researching nuclear proliferation and radiological terrorism and editing the book Radiological Terrorism and the Search for Resiliency, and was a Contributor to MESHNet, an experts-only forum for discussion of U.S. Strategy in Middle Eastern affairs that fell under the purview of the Institute for Strategic Studies’ Middle East Strategy at Harvard (MESH) project.
The grandson of missionaries who served in Japan and the Philippines in the aftermath of World War II, Jeff has been recognized by several communities, both foreign and domestic, for his volunteer service, which has included establishing a program to teach English to orphaned children in rural South Korea, and being trained to serve as an officer of the Juvenile Court representing underprivileged children in abuse, neglect, and custody cases in Georgia. He has also been the recipient of Rotary Club awards for local and international community service.
While at the University of Georgia, Jeff was repeatedly recognized for excellence in the areas of citizenship and scholarship, including being named the University’s “Pillar of the Community” in 2005, while also competing as a member of the University’s Triathlon and Water Polo teams.
A regular participant in terrestrial and nautical archaeological fieldwork, Jeff is currently pursuing graduate study of Anthropology and Archaeology at Harvard University, where he has also worked as a research assistant in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and at the Center for Hellenic Studies. His research encompasses nautical archaeology and the eastern Mediterranean/biblical world, with a specific focus on the cult and culture of the Late Bronze and Early Iron Age Philistines, Shardana, and other Sea Peoples. He also holds a degree in Information Systems Technology (2002).
A professional writer and editor, Jeff has been a regular contributor to CBS News online, The Weekly Standard (online), The American Spectator, and Human Events newspaper, and his columns have appeared in such publications as USA Today, the Washington Times, the American Thinker, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Wall Street Journal, the Jerusalem Post, and National Review Online, as well as several others. In addition, he has been a health care policy consultant and policy publication editor. A member of the Internet-based “New Media Revolution,” Jeff has also been President of a New Media consulting firm.
Jeff is a Director Emeritus of RedState.com, the online community recognized for being the “right-leaning weblog most-read on Capitol Hill.” He is also an administrator and contributing editor for the state of Georgia’s leading bipartisan political weblog, Peach Pundit, and a contributor to Politico‘s “daily debate with policymakers and opinion shapers” blog, The Arena. In addition, he has been a columnist, weblogger, and contributing editor for news and opinion site Townhall.com.
Jeff has been a regular contributor to Pajamas Media‘s PJTV, and he has been a featured guest on several national and major market television and radio programs, including The O’Reilly Factor, the Laura Ingraham Show, and those hosted by Mike Gallagher, Erick Erickson, Janet Parshall, George Putnam, Frank Pastore, Melanie Morgan, and many more.
He has also been a nominee for Cosmopolitan magazine’s “Bachelor of the Year,” and was recently named one of the “Hottest Conservative Men of 2010.”