Jeff Schogol is the senior Pentagon reporter with Task & Purpose. He reports on both the Defense Department as a whole as well as individual services, covering a variety of topics that include personnel, policy, military justice, deployments, and technology. His apartment in Alexandria, Va., has served as the Task & Purpose Pentagon bureau since the pandemic first struck in March 2020. The dwelling is now known as Forward Operating Base Schogol.
- Expertise in military history and extensive institutional knowledge of how the Pentagon has functioned during the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.
- President of the Military Reporters & Editors Association.
- Specializes in debunking military myths and lore.
- Basset Hound enthusiast.
ExperienceSchogol began covering local news for the Express-Times in Easton, Pennsylvania in 2002. After reporting on the court-martial of a soldier accused of killing two American officers in Kuwait, he became a Pentagon correspondent for Stars and Stripes from 2005 until 2011, during which he embedded with U.S. troops in Iraq and Haiti. He then worked at Military Times until he joined Task & Purpose in January 2018.
EducationSchogol graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington in May 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in German and Telecommunications. In 2002, he graduated from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism with a master’s degree in journalism.
Words of Wisdom“Wherever you go in life, whatever you do, make sure to bring plenty of immodium. You’ll know when it happens.”
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