Published in Ithaca Journal on Apr. 11, 2018
John W. Yaukey
- - John W. Yaukey, 57, died peacefully on Saturday, March 31,
surrounded by his family at the Doey's Hospice House,
Mr. Yaukey was a veteran journalist who reported from the
Middle East and covered Capitol Hill, the White House, and the
Pentagon for many years. After earning a bachelor's degree in
English literature from Ithaca College, Mr. Yaukey began his journalism career with the Ithaca
Journal in Ithaca, New York. While in Ithaca, Mr. Yaukey specialized in writing about the
scientific research conducted on the campus of Cornell University, frequently interviewing
Nobel Prize-winning scientists there.
In 1997, Mr. Yaukey moved to Washington, covering Capitol Hill for the Gannett Company,
owner of the Ithaca Journal. His coverage included articles about legislation, political
campaigns, court cases and lobbying. After a stint as a science and technology writer, Mr.
Yaukey moved into the role of national security writer in 2002. In this position he wrote about
terrorism, the Pentagon, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. In 2003 and 2004, he reported
from Iraq and Jordan, covering conflicts within Iraq and the broader security situation in the
During his career, Mr. Yaukey earned numerous professional fellowships that enabled
in-depth research into diverse topics such as terrorism, digital communications, physics, and
A lover of the ocean, Mr. Yaukey was a deep-sea fisherman and a highly-skilled deep sea
In his retirement from journalism, Mr. Yaukey enjoyed spending time with his friends and family
in Hagerstown. He frequently could be found in the public library, comfortably seated with a
stack of books at hand.
Mr. Yaukey is survived by his sister Carrie Yaukey Ettman and her husband, Adam Ettman, of
Rockville, MD; his sister Margaret Yaukey and her husband, Eric Schwartz, of Williamsport,
MD, and many other friends and relatives.
Donations in his memory can be made to Doey's Hospice House, 11370 Caring Pathway
Lane, Hagerstown, MD 21742.