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Ken Klippenstein
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ResidenceWashington, D.C.
EducationWheaton College (BA)
SubjectsU.S. politics
Twitter: @KenKlippenstein

Ken Klippenstein is an American journalist and author working in Washington, DC as the DC Correspondent at The Nation.[1][2][3] His work has appeared in The Nation, The Daily Beast, Salon, The Intercept, and other publications.[4] He is a former correspondent on the online news program The Young Turks[5] and reports on U.S. federal and national security matters as well as corporate controversies.[6]


Klippenstein graduated from Wheaton College in 2010 with a BA in English literature[7] and his early journalism career began in Madison, Wisconsin.[8] His work with The Young Turks started as early as 2018.[9] In 2020, Klippenstein joined The Nation as their DC correspondent.[10]

Klippenstein is a self-described "FOIA nerd"; much of his journalism draws on information he has uncovered from records requested at state and national levels of the US government.[11] He invites individuals to leak information to him via the encrypted messaging service Signal on his Twitter profile.[12]

His articles also frequently include information from leaked documents.[13] For instance, he obtained leaked documents from the PR firm Qorvis, which implicated the company pitching the private company Caliburn on a propaganda video in order to improve the reputation of Caliburn's Homestead, a Florida shelter for "unaccompanied alien children".[14][15] In an April 2020 article, Klippenstein reported on a leaked document showing that Pentagon had warned the White House in 2017 about the risk of shortages and ill-preparation for a pandemic brought on by a novel coronavirus such as SARS-CoV-2.[16][17][18] Klippenstein, along with Talia Lavin and Noelle Llamas, is also currently a plaintiff in a lawsuit against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.[19]

During the George Floyd protests, Klippenstein's reporting shed light on federal policing of the protests. In June 2020, Klippenstein obtained an FBI document that stated the Washington Field Office "has no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence" during D.C.-area protests, in contradiction to Attorney General William Barr and other officials' assertions that Antifa were specifically responsible for instigating violence.[20] In July 2020, Klippenstein obtained a Customs and Border Protection memo of internal talking points regarding arrests made by federal agents, all but confirming video reports of Portland protesters being detained in federal unmarked vehicles.[21]


Klippenstein has occasionally been the subject of reporting himself, notably following a Twitter flame war between him and Tesla CEO Elon Musk; Klippenstein attracted Musk's attention by sharing a Vogue photo from the 2014 Vanity Fair Oscars afterparty showing Musk with Ghislaine Maxwell, a long-time associate of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.[22] Musk, who as of July 31, 2020, had 37.3 million Twitter followers,[23] publicly posted that Klippenstein was a "douche-about-town."[24]

In July 2019, Klippenstein was covered by NBC News Digital after a Twitter incident in which he was retweeted by Iowa Representative Steve King just before changing his Twitter username to "Steve King is a white supremacist."[25]


  1. ^ "Author: Ken Klippenstein". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  2. ^ "The Nation's Ken Klippenstein: Military report predicted pandemic". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  3. ^ "Author: The Nation Press Room". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  4. ^ "Articles by Ken Klippenstein | The Nation Journalist | Muck Rack". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  5. ^ "Talent -". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  6. ^ "Ken Klippenstein". The Intercept. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  7. ^ "Alumni of Wheaton College". Retrieved July 31, 2020.
  8. ^ "Author: Scott Gordon". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  9. ^ "ICE Paid Famous Motivational Speaker for 'Leadership Training'". TYT Network. 2018-06-26. Retrieved 2020-08-02.
  10. ^ "'The Nation' Names Elie Mystal Justice Correspondent and Ken Klippenstein DC Correspondent". The Nation. 2020-01-15.
  11. ^ "Requester's Voice: The Young Turks' Ken Klippenstein". MuckRock. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  12. ^ "Twitter Bio". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  13. ^ Cushing, Tim (Jan 10, 2019). "FBI Officially Has A Leak Investigation Unit". Techdirt. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  14. ^ Iannelli, Jerry (2019-09-09). "Government Nearly Made Propaganda Films for Homestead Migrant Camp". Miami New Times. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  15. ^ "Guess We'll Never Get To See 'Baby Jails: The Movie' Now". Wonkette. 2019-09-09. Retrieved 2019-09-19.
  16. ^ Klippenstein, Ken. "Exclusive: The Military Knew Years Ago That a Coronavirus Was Coming". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  17. ^ Slotkin, Jason. "Report: Pentagon Knew Of Possible Coronavirus Threat For Years". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  18. ^ Moreno, J. Edward (2020-04-07). "The Nation's Ken Klippenstein: Military report predicted pandemic". TheHill. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  19. ^ "The FOIA Project". Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  20. ^ "The Justice Department's rhetoric focuses on antifa. Its indictments don't". The Washington Post. 2020-06-04. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  21. ^ "The Border Patrol Was Responsible for an Arrest in Portland". The Nation. 2020-07-17. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  22. ^ "Elon Musk Got In A Twitter Flame War Over A Pic Of Him With Jeffrey Epstein's Associate". 2020-07-04. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  23. ^ "Elon Musk (@elonmusk)". Twitter. 2020-07-04. Retrieved 2020-07-31.
  24. ^ @elonmusk (July 3, 2020). ""Oh yeah, Klip Einstein, pseudojournalist & douche-about-town"" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  25. ^ "Rep. Steve King steps into Twitter trap". NBC News. Retrieved 2020-07-31.

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