Jilly Badanes is a reporter who has written for The Washington Times, The Washington Post, The Washington Post's WhoRunsGov and Patch.com.She developed keen interest in investigative journalism while assisting on a story about people wrongly convicted of crimes at The Washington Post, in collaboration with 60 Minutes.
She began her career at The Washington Times in 2008. As the online anchor, Jilly produced the Morning Briefing online broadcast and reported breaking news on the Times' partner television stations and national radio program. Additionally, Jilly reported from swing states in the lead up to the 2008 presidential election and on the White House transition. Following the election, Jilly's reporting shed light on the influx of former Obama campaign staffers into Washington hoping to join the new administration. In the following year, she covered youth involvement in the health care debate, the development of a social networking website for government workers and the revamping of the USO.
Jilly joined AOL's Patch.com in 2010 and launched a Patch local news site in Montgomery County, Maryland. At Patch she covered the 2010 Congressional and Maryland State elections and reported several exclusive stories on controversial tree removal practices by an utility company. As the editor, Jilly developed a weekly video profile feature and recruited and managed local freelance writers and community bloggers.
Jilly moved to Washington, D.C. to attend The George Washington University in 2004, after spending her early years in London, England. While an undergraduate she interned at CNN's The Situation Room, in the investigative reporting division at WJLA (ABC news' affiliate station in Washington), and spent a semester researching the role of female journalists in southern India.
Jilly graduated from GW's School of Media and Public Affairs with a major in journalism and minor in international politics in 2008.