Jerry Markon

ReporterWashington, D.C.


Among the unusual procedures: Darren Wilson placed his gun in an evidence bag himself and the medical examiner didn’t take photos of the scene.

  • Nov 25, 2014

Gov. Jay Nixon is pouring in more than 2,200 National Guard troops amid criticism that he had not done enough to quell rioting in Ferguson after a grand jury declined to indict a white officer in the shooting of an unarmed black teenager.

  • Nov 25, 2014

The department is struggling with cyber attacks, airport security and integrating its 22 compenents, its inspector general said.

  • Nov 18, 2014

The Department of Homeland Security has achieved a much sought-after clean audit of its financial statements by an independent auditor.

  • Nov 17, 2014

It is unclear which airports and countries might go along, but Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said he is targeting key airports in Europe and Asia.

  • Nov 13, 2014

The GOP victories represented a widespread unease about the nation’s direction and the electorate’s disenchantment with President Obama.

  • Nov 4, 2014

Republicans moved closer to their goal of winning control of the Senate with victories over Democrats in South Carolina, West Virginia and Arkansas.

  • Nov 4, 2014

The chance of a GOP takeover in the Senate has led to squabbles on minor details, like geography lessons, potentially frivolous legal threats and whether Bob Dole was called a clown.

  • Nov 1, 2014

The agency has had its share of problems, and a series of government audits raises questions about whether it’s prepared for new threats.

  • Oct 30, 2014

The DHS secretary announced the move, citing the recent shooting in Canada and terrorist threats.

  • Oct 28, 2014
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Jerry Markon covers the Department of Homeland Security for the Post’s National Desk. He also serves as lead Web and newspaper writer for major breaking national news. Previously, he was a political/government accountability reporter, focusing on short-term investigative stories about the Affordable Care Act, lobbying and other topics. In 2012, Markon wrote in-depth stories about the U.S. presidential candidates and was one of the Post’s main deadline writers in the campaign’s critical final month. Before that, he spent nine years covering the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Va. and the Justice Department, writing about major national security cases and other law enforcement and legal topics. He has also covered the U.S. Supreme Court, anchored the Post’s blog on Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination and chronicled the war-crimes trial of Osama bin Laden’s driver at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Markon came to the Post in early 2003 from The Wall Street Journal, where he covered the federal courthouse in Manhattan. He has also worked for Newsday, the Associated Press and the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. Markon has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a Master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University.
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