Robert H. Arnow, president of the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, announced today the appointment of Joseph Polakoff as JTA’s Washington bureau chief. In addition to his daily assignments covering the State Department, the White House and Congress, Mr. Polakoff will also write a weekly column, “Capital Spotlight,” and report on the Washington Jewish community. Mr. Arnow said that with the appointment of Mr. Polakoff, the JTA once again moves to increase its news coverage of daily issues and events so vital to the Jewish community. Mr. Polakoff, a resident of Washington, was an officer in the Foreign Service of the State Department and the United States Information Agency with diplomatic rank of attache for information in London, Belgrade, Lima and Guatemala from 1947 to last April. He was also assistant chief and chief of the Washington News Section of the State Department’s Information Service. As news policy guidance officer for the USIA and the State Department, Mr. Polakoff advised the media operations of these two organizations, including the Voice of America and the International Press Service, on current international and domestic developments.
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