Peering into massive semi-truck engines, ducking beneath wheel wells and examining tail lights, students at Boone County Truck Driving School slowly worked through their first pre-trip inspection, huddling together in small groups against the chilly mountain air.
Peering into massive semi-truck engines, ducking beneath wheel wells and examining tail lights, students at Boone County Truck Driving School slowly worked through their first pre-trip inspection, huddling together in small groups against the chilly mountain air.
Ian Heaton was a black belt Tae Kwon Do instructor who played baseball, soccer and lacrosse as a sophomore at Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School in Bethesda, Md. “I did not appreciate what a great life I was living,” Heaton, now 18, said in March testimony before Congress. “It was over in a split second.”
Fast forward 238 years since the founding of U.S. democracy, and it continues to survive through the efforts of presidents past. But the office has evolved from what George Washington had in mind.
 
 
 

Jody Beck, Director

Click on photo to enlarge or download: Jody BeckClick on photo to enlarge or download: Jody BeckJody Beck has been director of the Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington Program since 2003.

From 2001 to 2003, she was a lecturer at the Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, teaching print and broadcast reporting. Before that, she taught journalism at several other universities in the Washington area.

In her journalism career, she worked as an assignment editor for WRC-TV in Washington for 16 years. She covered Virginia and other beats, and for several years was in charge of planning the next day's coverage and coordinating coverage of elections and other major news events.

She went to WRC from The Washington Star, which went out of business in 1981. At the Star, Beck was the Arlington-Alexandria bureau chief, a copy editor and reporter. She covered the Virginia General Assembly, Fairfax County, Va., the District of Columbia school system and several other beats. In her first job at the Star, Beck was a dictationist, typing stories dictated by reporters on assignment and on deadline. She became a reporter trainee and reporter after that.

Beck holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a master's degree from the University of Maryland, both in journalism.

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