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Defense and Military News Experts

Hope Hodge Seck

Hope Hodge Seck is the Managing Editor of She is an award-winning investigative and enterprise reporter who has been covering military issues since 2009. She covers the Marine Corps and Navy for Hope’s previous assignments have included a war zone embed in Afghanistan with Marines and multiple reporting trips aboard amphibious ships and aircraft carriers. A graduate of The King’s College in New York City, Hope’s work has also appeared in Marine Corps Times, Newsweek, USA Today, The New York Sun, and World Magazine.

Oriana Pawlyk

Oriana Pawlyk is’s air warfare reporter and covers personnel trends, technology and operations around the globe. Previously as a reporter for Air Force Times, she wrote about air operations in the Middle East and Europe, as well as uniforms, cyber, Guard/Reserve, physical training, technology and crime. Pawlyk has also served as a Paul Miller Washington Reporting Fellow hosted by the National Press Foundation. She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she received a bachelor’s in Journalism and English Literature.

Matthew Cox

Matthew Cox has been a defense reporter since 1998. He covers all the services, with a close eye on Army weapons development and procurement, body armor testing, camouflage, ammunition as well as readiness and training issues. He previously worked for 12 years for Army Times. He traveled to Afghanistan and Iraq numerous times from 2002 to 2008, covering Stryker and light infantry units in combat. He also spent four years in the U.S. Army during the second half of the 1980s, serving as an infantryman in the 82nd Airborne Division.

Richard Sisk

Richard Sisk has more than 40 years of experience in journalism as a reporter and editor for news wires and the N.Y. Daily News. He has embedded with U.S. troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, and reported from Beirut, Tel Aviv, Bosnia, Kosovo, Panama, Haiti, Guatemala, Northern Ireland, Vietnam, Eritrea and other conflict zones. He has also covered five presidential campaigns. Born in Brooklyn, he is a 1965 graduate of LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., with a degree in political science. He served with the 2nd Battalion Fourth Marines in Vietnam in 1967-68.

Gina Harkins

Gina Harkins reports on the Marine Corps, Navy and Coast Guard for She has covered troops and their families for nearly a decade, reporting from the U.S., Central and South America, and at sea. Before joining, Gina was a longtime reporter and managing editor for the independent Marine Corps Times. Her story on two recruits trapped at Marine Corps Recruit Depot Parris Island in South Carolina was runner up for the 2013 Military Reporters and Editors award for domestic military coverage.

She holds a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism and studied political science and international relations in her undergrad at Northeastern Illinois University.

Patricia Kime

Patricia Kime is an associate editor at, covering military families, veterans, health care and personnel policy. A journalist for more than two decades, her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, Defense News and Military Times. She is the author of two books, Moon Handbooks, Washington, D.C., and Hidden Philadelphia and contributing writer to A Battle Plan for Supporting Military Families. A resident of Arlington and Scotland, Virginia, she hold a bachelor’s degree in international relations from the University of Virginia.

Military Spouse/Family Expert

Amy Bushatz

Amy is the Managing Editor of SpouseBUZZ , an Army wife, mother, and journalist for Never afraid to ask the tough questions, Amy writes about what is really important to military families and provides an insider's look at what spouses think about subjects like deployments, moving, and of course the possibility of losing a loved one. Amy is passionate about the life she and her husband have chosen for their family and they embrace both the challenges and rewards of military life. Amy has a degree in Communications from Thomas Edison State College and the school of Military Life. To see her SpouseBuzz blog, go to