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First Woman Named Assistant Special Agent in St. Louis

June 20, 2018 - 7:51 am

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - The image of the FBI agent as a white man in a suit is changing. Currently, 20 percent of agents are women, including the Assistant Special Agent in charge in St. Louis, Alicia Corder. She’s been with the FBI for 15 years.

“I’ll tell you that there’s not been a day of those 15 years that I have ever regretted my choice to work for this organization and be an agent. Not to say that every day is great day, but it’s so satisfying, what we do,” she says.

Corder encourages other women to consider a career with the bureau and not to be intimidated by the physicality or firearms aspects of the job.

“The training we receive at the FBI academy is wonderful and fully prepares you for the tasks. We get completely trained up in defensive tactics, firearms training and how to really be comfortable and skilled with the techniques to handle ourselves is any situation,” she says.

Siobhan Johnson graduated from Washington University where she studied Asian languages and ballet. Now she's a special agent in the Chicago bureau working in counter terrorism.

“What’s so interesting about working here is we take so many people with different, unexpected backgrounds and turn them into special agents. Really everyone has something to bring to the table. So for me it was my love of the Japanese language," she says.

Johnson says her fluent Japanese helped her, and the ballet does actually come up more than she'd expected.

“I’m looking forward to the day when we don’t have any more firsts, if I’m being completely honest,” Corder says.

A diversity agent recruitment fair is coming up July 11th. For an invitation, go to apply.fbijobs.gov.