Tim Pool

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Timothy Pool
Tim Pool
Born (1986-03-09) March 9, 1986 (age 28)
Occupation Journalist
Years active 2011–present
Notable credit(s) Founder TimcastTV, Producer/Host Vice Media
Tim Pool

Timothy Pool (born March 9, 1986) is an award winning American journalist from Chicago, Illinois.[1] His 21-hour marathon reporting earned him fame during the Occupy Wall Street protests.[2] Utilizing a unique style of first-hand reporting and commentary, Pool's reputation spread quickly across social and mainstream media. Pool broadcasts using a smartphone and an external battery.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Pool grew up in Chicago's southside to a lower-middle-class family. Pool did not attend college instead deciding to focus on work with non-profits where he became a community outreach director.[4] He traveled to NYC to report on the Occupy Wall Street movement in mid-September during the first week of the protest.[5] He is known for always wearing a beanie, even in warm weather.


Upon arrival in Zuccotti park Pool began live streaming events with the use of Ustream's mobile application and quickly started to gain support. During the raid on Occupy Wall Street, Pool began a 21 hour marathon broadcast that garnered mainstream media attention.[5]

Pool's coverage has been carried and syndicated by multiple mainstream outlets such as NBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, RT, and TIME.[6][7] He has also been featured in Fast Company, Wired, and Time.[6][8][9]

Pool was featured as "The Media Messenger of Zuccotti Park" in Time's Person of the Year 2011, TIME's top 140 Twitter feeds of 2012 and is a Time 100 nominee.[10][11][12]

In 2013 Pool joined Vice Media producing and hosting content as well as developing new methods of reporting.[13]

Reporting style[edit]

Pool employs a live-chat stream in his reporting, engaging viewers as participants. This allows the viewing public to ask questions, which he can respond to live.[14] Pool can also let his viewers direct him on where and when to go and where to point his camera.[15]


Pool has modified a toy remote-controlled Parrot AR.Drone for aerial surveillance. He has modified software for live streaming into a system he calls the DroneStream, as a cheap way to gain live coverage from the sky.[16][6][17] Pool has continued to utilize new technologies for coverage of events as well as to advance journalism.[18][19]


As Pool continues to help proliferate tools such as livestreaming video and aerial drones there is a growing concern over excessive surveillance with many people stating their desire for more coverage as well as others claiming this method is a step toward a surveillance state.[20] Throughout his coverage Pool has been threatened and attacked for filming most specifically in January 2012 when he was attacked by a masked assailant at a protest.[21][22]

Pool's video taken during an Occupy Wall Street demonstration in New York City on New Year's Day 2012 was instrumental evidence in the acquittal of photographer Alexander Arbuckle, who had been arrested by the NYPD. The Video showed that the arresting officer had lied under oath, though no charges were filed against her.[23]

NATO Incident[edit]

Throughout the duration of the NATO protests in Chicago, reports had circulated about journalists being detained and arrested. While covering the NONATO protests in Chicago, Pool got word that the apartment he had been staying at had been surrounded by police. While he was en route to return to his apartment, Pool along with four others were pulled over by a dozen Chicago police officers in unmarked vehicles. The group was removed from the vehicle at gunpoint, interrogated and searched. The official reason given by police was that the vehicle the team had been in matched a description. The group was released after approximately 10 minutes.[24][25]


Best Journalist in Social Media Shorty Award - 2013[26]


  1. ^ a b Townsend, Allie (November 15, 2011). "Watch: Occupy Wall Street, Broadcasting Live". newsfeed.time.com. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  2. ^ Jim Fields (December 14, 2011). "The Media Messenger of Zuccotti Park". Time Magazine. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  3. ^ Martha DeGrasse (November 17, 2011). "Mobile phone streams Occupy Wall Street to the world". TCRWireless. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  4. ^ Indignado en Wall St | La Tercera El Semanal | La Tercera Edición Impresa
  5. ^ a b Anderson, Doug (November 18, 2011). "Q&A: Tim Pool on Streaming Occupy Wall Street". On The Media. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b c Sean Captain (January 6, 2012). "Threat Level: Livestreaming Journalists Want to Occupy the Skies With Cheap Drones". Wired. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Martin, Adam (January 5, 2012). "The Very Public Breakup of Occupy Wall Street's Ustream Team". The Atlantic Wire. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  8. ^ Coscarelli, Joe (January 5, 2012). "Daily Intel: Occupy Wall Street’s Video Stars Are Feuding". New York Magazine. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  9. ^ Sean Captain (November 21, 2011). "Tim Pool And Henry Ferry: The Men Behind Occupy Wall Street's Live Stream". Fast Company. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Person Of The Year 2011". Time. December 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ "The 140 Best Twitter Feeds Of 2012". Time. March 21, 2012. 
  12. ^ "The 2012 Time 100 Poll". Time. March 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/technology/2013/jul/30/google-glass-istanbul-protests-vice
  14. ^ "Occupy PressThink: Tim Pool". Pressthink. November 20, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  15. ^ Joanna (November 15, 2011). "Watch: Occupy Wall Street, Broadcasting Live". Ustream.tv. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  16. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7BVtlk7TaA0<ref
  17. ^ Sharkey, Noel; Knuckey, Sarah (December 21, 2011). "Occupy Wall Street's 'occucopter' – who's watching whom?". London: The Guardian. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  18. ^ Martin, Adam (December 7, 2011). "Occupy Wall Street Has a Drone: The Occucopter". The Atlantic Wire. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  19. ^ Jardin, Xeni (November 23, 2011). "The dronecam revolution will be webcast: Interview with Tim Pool of "The Other 99"". Boing Boing. Retrieved January 7, 2012. 
  20. ^ Sharkey, Noel; Knuckey, Sarah (December 21, 2011). "Occupy Wall Street's 'occucopter' – who's watching whom?". The Guardian (London). 
  21. ^ Devereaux, Ryan (February 3, 2012). "Occupy Wall Street: 'There's a militant animosity bred by direct action'". The Guardian (London). 
  22. ^ Anarchists Think Photographers And Reporters Are The "Fu*king Enemy": Gothamist
  23. ^ Paul Levinson (2012). New New Media, 2nd edition. Pearson. p. 182. 
  24. ^ Independent Journalists Detained at Gunpoint by CPD | NBC Chicago
  25. ^ Guns Drawn on Journalists, Car Raided at NATO - YouTube
  26. ^ Shorty Award winners 2013

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