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 covered military contractors and labor rights issues. I've also worked on our 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 Washington Post The Daily Beast, Science Magazine, ThinkProgress, The Guardian, Salon, and Truthdig.

Portfolio

Investigations

The Daily Beast
02/12/2019
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.

POLITICO Magazine
03/27/2017
'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.

Science | AAAS
11/18/2016
Trump met with prominent anti-vaccine activists during campaign

This past August, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke with prominent proponents of the discredited link between vaccines and autism, including disbarred British physician Andrew Wakefield, at a fundraiser in Florida.

Slate Magazine
01/16/2014
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.

News/Editorial

Slate Magazine
02/15/2018
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 Daily Beast
07/28/2016
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.

The Daily Beast
07/07/2016
New Video Emerges of Alton Sterling Being Killed by Baton Rouge Police

WARNING: GRAPHIC BATON ROUGE, Louisiana - Abdullah Muflahi sat on a beer cooler inside the Triple S Food Mart and described what it was like to watch police kill his friend. "It was a nightmare, it was a nightmare," Muflahi, the owner of this small convenience store, told The Daily Beast over and over.

Interviews

Profiles of Me

New York Times
09/02/2013
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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