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Zack Kopplin

Investigative Journalist

Location icon United States

I'm an investigative journalist and activist working with the Government Accountability Project, a whistleblower support nonprofit. Recently, I've specialized in unmasking shell companies and exposing military contracting and commodities trading corruption. My work has implicated foreign leaders in corruption and cost companies hundreds of millions.

I've also covered labor and human rights issues, and at the Government Accountability Project, I've assisted on immigration projects and handled sourcing and FOIA work for the organization.

My background is in science and religion coverage and I'm especially interested in the intersections of science, education, race, religion, extremism and rightwing politics.

I've written for Slate, The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The Daily Beast, Science Magazine, GEN Mag, ThinkProgress, The Guardian, Salon, and Truthdig.



The New Republic
Why Is the Pentagon Still Paying $10 a Gallon for Gas?

As any American who's passed a gas station in the past two months knows, global oil markets are melting down. Even before coronavirus lockdowns led billions of people to halt their daily commutes, cratering demand for gasoline, Saudi Arabia and Russia had increased production of crude oil, the main component in refined fuels, in an attempt to drive each other out of business.

'They Think We Are Slaves'

For Juliana, America was supposed to be the promised land. It wasn't. Juliana traveled here in 2015 from Brazil to become an au pair-a visiting domestic worker in a State Department program designed to build friendship between the United States and other countries.

The Daily Beast
The Shady Connections of a Retired U.S. General Who Made It Rain in Iraq

Lieutenant General Frank Helmick was a decorated U.S. Army officer. In 2004, he led the raid that killed the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein's murderous sons, Uday and Qusay. Later, Helmick commanded NATO's training mission in Iraq, then spent a year as Deputy Commanding Officer of all American forces in the country.

The Daily Beast
Trump's Longtime Lobbyist Has Some Very Iffy Middle East Connections

In June, Federal Advocates, a Washington D.C. lobbying firm with close ties to President Donald Trump and his family, hired Hassan Nasser Fawaz, a Lebanese banker, to introduce the firm's lobbyists to potential clients who had been sanctioned by the United States Treasury Department.

The Daily Beast
DOJ Is Investigating Whether U.S. Payoffs to Iraqi Officials Opened the Door for ISIS

The Department of Justice is investigating a military contracting company, Sallyport Global Services, to find out if it played a role in the alleged bribery of Iraqi government officials in exchange for exclusive contracts that cost American taxpayers billions. But even the Feds may not realize the depth of the suspected corruption.

The Daily Beast
Cousin of Slain Baton Rouge Cop Was Wrongly Arrested for the Massacre

ADDIS, Louisiana - On Sunday, July 17, Damarcus Alexander stopped at Walmart so his best friend could buy a white shirt for church. They left Dallas, Texas, at 4 a.m. bound for Belle Rose, Louisiana, a small town an hour south of Baton Rouge, so his friend could sing at a church.

Slate Magazine
Texas Public Charter Schools Are Teaching Creationism

When public-school students enrolled in Texas' largest charter program open their biology workbooks, they will read that the fossil record is "sketchy." That evolution is "dogma" and an "unproved theory" with no experimental basis. They will be told that leading scientists dispute the mechanisms of evolution and the age of the Earth.


Slate Magazine
Actually, Owning an Immigrant Is Bad

On Tuesday, writing in Politico magazine, Eric Posner, a University of Chicago law professor, and Glen Weyl, a researcher at Microsoft, reimagined the U.S. immigration system. Instead of corporations and families sponsoring immigrant visas like in today's system, they proposed that individual citizens could sponsor migrant workers who would work for them and be paid below-market wages in return for the sponsorship.

The New Republic
Before the U.S. Bombed Soleimani's Terrorists, It Bribed Them

But the militia ' s propensity for stealing military hardware and issuing death threats caused problems for , the American military contractor charged with supporting Balad told me, for Sallyport Global Services ' s Iraqi forces under a billion-dollar Department of Defense contract.


Profiles of Me

New York Times
Young Students Against Bad Science

Your parents may have had to walk uphill, both ways, to get to school. But as ideological warfare threatens the teaching of climate science and evolution in many schools, it is clear that today's students face their own obstacles on the road to a respectable science education - and some are speaking out.

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