McKay Coppins

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McKay Coppins is an American journalist and author who is a staff writer for The Atlantic. In 2012, Coppins was one of the Forbes magazine's "30 under 30" media pundits[1] and listed along with three other young BuzzFeed News journalists as one of Politico's "ten breakout reporters of 2012."[2] He is a regular contributor to CNN and MSNBC.[3]

Early life[edit]

Coppins grew up in Holliston, Massachusetts. He graduated from Brigham Young University where he was editor of BYU's student newspaper, The Daily Universe.[4]


Coppins began his career at Newsweek and broke the story that Jon Huntsman Jr. would resign his ambassadorship and run for President.[5]

Coppins joined BuzzFeed to cover the 2012 presidential race, becoming an important source on Governor Mitt Romney's Latter-day Saint (Mormon) faith.[6] In the run-up to the 2016 presidential primaries, Coppins became embroiled in a public Twitter feud with Republican candidate Donald Trump after writing articles suggesting that Trump was running a "fake" campaign.[7][8][9] In November 2016, he announced he was leaving BuzzFeed to join The Atlantic as a staff writer.

In 2015, Coppins published The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House.[10] Walter Russell Mead favorably reviewed the book in Foreign Affairs, writing that it was "[w]idely sourced and compellingly written."[11] He has an acrimonious relationship with President Donald Trump after he called his presidential aspirations a "sham"; Trump in response called him a "dishonest slob".[12]

Personal life[edit]

Coppins is a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints[13][14] and has written about his faith.[15]


  1. ^ "McCay Coppins, 25, Politics editor, Buzzfeed". Forbes.
  2. ^ Dylan Byers, "10 breakout political reporters of 2012", Politico (November 25, 2012).
  3. ^ "Meet The Next Wave Of Political Pundits". Details. 31 (2): 48. November 2012. Archived from the original on 2012-10-25.
  4. ^ "McKay Coppins as Mr. Buzzfeed and the 'Mormon Wikipedia'". U N I V E R S E. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  5. ^ Coppins, McKay. "The Manchurian Candidate". Newsweek.
  6. ^ "McKay Coppins, the Mormon on Mitt's trail". Politico. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  7. ^ "36 Hours On The Fake Campaign Trail With Donald Trump". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  8. ^ "Trump Calls BuzzFeed Reporter 'True Garbage with No Credibility'". Mediaite. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  9. ^ Trotter, J.K. "BuzzFeed's Trump Takedown Drives Breitbart to the Brink of Insanity". Gawker. Archived from the original on 2016-02-05. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  10. ^ John Diaz. "'The Wilderness,' by McKay Coppins". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2016-01-28.
  11. ^ Mead, Walter Russell (March 2016). "The Wilderness: Deep Inside the Republican Party's Combative, Contentious, Chaotic Quest to Take Back the White House by McKay Coppins". Foreign Affairs. Retrieved February 20, 2016.
  12. ^ Buzzfeed: "How the Haters and Losers Lost" by McKay Coppins July 17, 2016
  13. ^ "McKay Coppins as Mr. Buzzfeed and the 'Mormon Wikipedia'". BYU School of Communications. 2014-11-14. Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  14. ^ ""Mormon" Is Out: Church Releases Statement on How to Refer to the Organization - Church News and Events". Retrieved 2019-03-25.
  15. ^ McKay Coppins, Why The Internet Hasn't Shattered My Mormon Faith, BuzzFeed News (July 22, 2013).