David D. Kirkpatrick
He earned a B.A. in history and American studies at Princeton University, graduating magna cum laude, and attended the graduate program in American Studies at Yale. He started in the media group at The New York Times in June 2000.
During the United States presidential election of 2004, he was assigned to invent a "conservative beat" for the New York Times, with a special focus on religious conservatives. The assignment raised eyebrows among some on the right because of the newspaper's liberal reputation and editorials.
In addition to the Washington, National, and Media desks of the Times, he has written for the New York Times magazine as well as New York magazine.  This included a series exposing plagiarism in non-fiction writing.
On December 28th 2013, Kirkpatrick published a detailed account of the 2012 Benghazi attack titled: "A Deadly Mix in Benghazi." Based on extensive interviews with Libyan witnesses and American officials, the article concluded that the attack began neither as a spontaneous protest nor an Al Qaeda plot. It was a planned attack carried out by local Islamist militants, and it was inspired in part by an American-made online video ridiculing Islam.
- "David D. Kirkpatrick". muckrack. Retrieved 30 October 2013.
- http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/k/david_d_kirkpatrick/index.html, http://www.nytimes.com/2011/02/10/world/middleeast/10youth.html?pagewanted=all
- "Ask a Reporter". New York Times. 30 October 2013.
- Kevin J. McMahon; David M. Rankin; Donald W. Beachler; John Kenneth White (1 September 2009). Winning the White House, 2008. Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 76–. ISBN 978-0-230-10042-8.
- http://www.nytimes.com/2009/12/20/magazine/20george-t.html?pagewanted=all , http://www.nytimes.com/2007/10/28/magazine/28Evangelicals-t.html?pagewanted=all
- http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/bizfinance/biz/features/2057/ , http://nymag.com/nymetro/news/bizfinance/biz/features/47/
- Bill Marsh (22 March 2007). Plagiarism: Alchemy and Remedy in Higher Education. SUNY Press. pp. 19–. ISBN 978-0-7914-7038-1.
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