Tal Kopan

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Tal Kopan
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Tal Kopan in 2014
Tal Teva Kopan

1986 (age 34–35)
EducationA.B. University of Chicago
Spouse(s)Bryan McMahon
Parent(s)Esther and Raphael Kopan
Websitewww.talkopan.com Edit this at Wikidata

Tal Kopan (born 1986) is the Washington[dubious ] correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle[1] and previously was an American political reporter for CNN, where she focused on immigration and cybersecurity.[2]


Tal Kopan was born in Chicago, Illinois,[3] and raised in metropolitan Saint Louis, Missouri Kopan returned to Chicago to attend the University of Chicago, and graduated with honors with an A.B.[1]

That was also where she began her journalism career. During school, Kopan interned as a web producer at WFLD in Chicago and then as a freelance web producer at ABC 7 Chicago where she covered the trial of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich and the election of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.[2] She then went to work for Politico in Washington D.C. as a breaking news reporter and then cybersecurity reporter.[2] She also worked for CNN as a political reporter where she specialized on immigration and cybersecurity.[2] She's currently the Washington correspondent for the San Francisco Chronicle.

In 2021 her work at The San Francisco Chronicle won several awards, including the prestigious George Polk Award for military reporting [4] and a Webby Award for a documentary podcast on Vice President Kamala Harris[5].

Kopan was selected as a 2014-2015 National Press Foundation Paul Miller Fellow, was a member of the 2015 class of Journalist Law School at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, and was a recipient of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Midwest Chapter's 2008 Ephraim Family Scholarship.[2]

Personal life[edit]

She is married to her high school sweetheart, Bryan McMahon.[6] Kopan also participates in triathlons and plays ultimate frisbee[3].


  1. ^ a b https://www.sfchronicle.com/author/tal-kopan/
  2. ^ a b c d e "CNN Bios - Tal Kopan CNN Politics Reporter". CNN. Retrieved April 30, 2018.
  3. ^ a b Kopan, Tal (November 19, 2013). "Police: Katherine Harris husband kills self". Truth Frequency Radio. Tal Kopan is a breaking news reporter for POLITICO. Most recently, Kopan was a Web producer for POLITICO Pro. Prior to joining POLITICO, Kopan worked as a Web producer at Fox Chicago News and as a freelance Web producer at ABC 7 Chicago, where she spent time covering such stories as the trial(s) of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Kopan graduated with honors from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s in law, letters and society. On campus, she was editor-in-chief of a features magazine and played four years on the women's ultimate Frisbee team. Also a triathlete, Kopan completed her first half Ironman-distance race in 2013. Born in Chicago but raised in St. Louis, Kopan is a die-hard Bears, Bulls and Cardinals fan but will try to find room in her heart for Washington sports teams.
  4. ^ "Current Winners | Long Island University". www.liu.edu. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  5. ^ "NEW Webby Gallery + Index". NEW Webby Gallery + Index. Retrieved 2021-06-15.
  6. ^ Mike, Allen (March 31, 2015). "ENGAGED! Tal Kopan to Bryan McMahon". Politico. Retrieved April 30, 2018. : Bryan, a project manager at Lockheed Martin’s Global Vision Center, proposed to Tal, a reporter covering cybsecurity at Politico, on the three-year anniversary of their move to D.C., near the spot on the Tidal Basin where they stopped to process after signing a lease and making the big move three years prior. The high-school sweethearts have been together more than 12 years.

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