My wife and I then moved down to Fredericksburg, and I took a job as a reporter for LRP Publications in their Washington D.C. bureau. There, I covered human resource issues for federal employees for LRP’s daily website, and weekly and monthly newsletters. While the subject matter of that job was not always the most exciting thing (my specialty was federal workers’ compensation issues) it was an exciting job in that I worked in Washington, I attended hearings and meetings on Capitol Hill, in the House and Senate office buildings, in the Pentagon and even covered a few oral arguments at the U.S. Supreme Court.
When my daughter was born in 2003, I resigned to become a freelance writer and stay-at-home dad. I continued doing stories for LRP, as well as other similar companies covering the same federal issues in and around D.C.
As I mentioned I am also a historian, and during this time I also wrote and published history articles in numerous academic journals and popular history magazines such as American Heritage, American History and Civil War Times, among others. My area of specialty is Abraham Lincoln, so most of my articles were about him, his family and the U.S. Civil War. (In my younger days I also worked as a National Park Service park ranger at Lincoln’s Home in Springfield, Ill., Gettysburg National Military Park and the Arch in St. Louis.)
I am the author of three books and the editor of two, and I have two more books currently in production. I have won some awards for my history work, spoken to groups all over the country and been on The History Channel, Book TV and American History TV. I won’t spend time on my history resume here, but anyone who is interested can check out my personal website at jasonemerson.com.