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How to Become a Bounty Hunter

FBI’s Rich Kolko and Brian Hale Leaving FBI Mothership

Rich Koko (left) and FBI's Jeff McCrehan at going away party
Rich Kolko (left) and FBI’s Jeff McCrehan at going away party/ photo

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON —  Two key people in the FBI’s National Press Office  have just left the mothership to take on duties elsewhere.

FBI special agent Rich Kolko, chief of the FBI’s National Press Office, is moving up to the FBI’s New York  office to head  the Office of Public Affairs
and work under assistant director in charge Joe Demarest.

Brian P. Hale of the National Press Office is moving over to U.S.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement to become Director of  the Office of Public Affairs.   Both  Hale and Kolko start their new jobs on Monday and celebrated their departure at a party at the Capitol City Brewing Company in downtown D.C. last Thursday night.

Brian Hale / photo

Brian Hale / photo

Kolko has had an interesting career path. He worked at CNN as an assignment editor and producer before joining the FBI.
He worked the FBI’s counterterrorism Fly Team and worked nearly 10 years in Atlanta primarily on terrorism issues.

In 2005, he was appointed chief of the FBI National Press Office under assistant Director John Miller, who recently left to move over to another agency. Earlier in his life, he served as an Aviator in the Navy.

At the FBI Press Office, Hale handled international and national media inquiries dealing with counterterrorism, weapons of mass destruction and operational technology.

He also served as the Office of Public Affairs primary media training instructor.

Before joining the FBI, he worked as the press relations manager for the D.C.-based international law firm Patton Boggs. Before that, he worked as a field producer for ABC News’ 20/20.

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