Tal Kopan

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Tal Kopan
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Tal Kopan in 2014
Tal Teva Kopan

1986 (age 33–34)
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]


Kal Teva Kopan was born in 1987 to a Jewish family in Chicago, Illinois,[3] the daughter of Esther (née Shidlovsky) and Raphael Kopan.[4] Her father was born in Petah Tikva, Israel and served as a infantry lieutenant in the Israel Defense Forces before emigrating to the United States to obtain a PhD at the University of Chicago (where he worked under Elaine Fuchs); he currently works as a professor of developmental biology at Washington University in St. Louis.[4] Kopan was raised in metropolitan Saint Louis, Missouri and graduated with honors with an A.B. from the University of Chicago.[4] She has one sister, Gili Kopan.[4]

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.

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.[5]


  1. ^ 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. ^ 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. ^ a b c d Strait, Julia Evangelou (February 24, 2011). "Washington People: Raphael Kopan - Kopan seeks to discover how cells communicate". Washington University in Saint Louis The Source.
  5. ^ 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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