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 and listed along with three other young BuzzFeed News journalists as one of Politico's "ten breakout reporters of 2012." He is a regular contributor to CNN and MSNBC.
Coppins joined BuzzFeed to cover the 2012 presidential race, becoming an important source on Governor Mitt Romney's Latter-day Saint (Mormon) faith. 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. 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. Walter Russell Mead favorably reviewed the book in Foreign Affairs, writing that it was "[w]idely sourced and compellingly written." 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".
Coppins is a Mormon and has written about his faith.
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- 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.
- Buzzfeed: "How the Haters and Losers Lost" by McKay Coppins July 17, 2016
- McKay Coppins, Why The Internet Hasn't Shattered My Mormon Faith, BuzzFeed News (July 22, 2013).