Jake Williams

Associate Publisher & Director of Strategic Initiatives

Jake Williams is an award-winning publisher and journalist based in Brussels, Belgium.

Currently, Williams is the Associate Publisher & Director of Strategic Initiatives for StateScoop, where he focuses on technology initiatives and policies in state and local governments. Williams and his team at StateScoop were recipients of the 2018 Online Publication of the Year award from the American Society of Business Press Editors.

Williams and his team have helped grow annual traffic and revenue by more than 100 percent, year over year. During his time as a reporter, Williams covered the federal government, including the White House, Congress and several Cabinet-level departments. He also focused on the emerging-technology beat and tracked the integration issues surrounding unmanned aircraft systems.

Williams graduated magna cum laude from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in May 2014 with a major in journalism and a minor in political science. During most of his undergraduate career, he served as president of the IUP Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. In addition, Williams was the editor in chief of the campus newspaper and production director of the campus radio station, WIUP-FM.

In addition to StateScoop and other Scoop News Group properties, Williams has been published in The Huffington Post, Campaigns & Elections magazine, PoliticsPA.com and several local and regional newspapers in Pennsylvania.

Williams is a culinary enthusiast, home cook, television fan, coffee fanatic and proud Northeast Pennsylvania native.

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State leaders will ‘rethink’ traditional security parameters post-pandemic

by Jake Williams • 1 month ago

Okta’s Kelsey Nelson says states will be forced to change their approach to cybersecurity to accommodate the workforce after the COVID-19 pandemic is over.


Pandemic drove rapid digitization and modernization, Google exec says

by Jake Williams • 2 months ago

Mike Daniels, Google Cloud’s vice president of global public sector, says the pandemic forced states to do massive projects in “supremely compressed time periods.”


COVID-19 gave GIS, elections leaders chance to ‘think outside the box’

by Jake Williams • 2 months ago

While the pandemic presented significant challenges for the Geo-Enabled Elections project, it also prompted leaders to think differently.


In virtual conference, NSGIC to highlight GIS in COVID-19 response

by Jake Williams • 2 months ago

The organization’s first fully virtual conference will kick off next week and highlight the role of GIS in COVID-19 response across state governments.


LocalSmart Awards open for nominations for the second year

by Jake Williams • 3 months ago

StateScoop is seeking nominations for its second edition of the LocalSmart Awards, to honor people and projects across the local government IT community.


Remote Workforce — A StateScoop Special Report

by Jake Williams • 6 months ago

Working and studying from home has become the norm in 2020. Here's how government and university leaders are responding.