Tim Pool

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Tim Pool
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Pool in 2015
Timothy Daniel Pool

(1986-03-09) March 9, 1986 (age 32)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.[1]
Years active2011–present
Notable credit(s)
Producer/host Vice Media

Timothy Daniel Pool (born March 9, 1986) is an American independent journalist.[1] He is best known for livestreaming the Occupy Wall Street protests in 2011.[2][3]

Personal life[edit]

Pool grew up with his three siblings in Chicago's southside[4] to a lower-middle-class family. He left school at age 14, educating himself at home through books.[5]

Pool identifies his ancestry as Korean, Osage, and German-Irish.[6]


Pool's coverage has been carried and syndicated by multiple mainstream outlets including NBC, Reuters, Al Jazeera, and Time.[7][8] He was covered by Fast Company and Wired.[7][9][10] In 2013, Pool joined Vice Media producing and hosting content as well as developing new methods of reporting.[11] In 2014, he joined Fusion TV as Director of Media innovation and Senior Correspondent.[12][13][14]

Pool is the co-founder of Tagg.ly, a mobile application for watermarking photos and videos in order to allow copyrights to be withheld by users.[15]

Reporting style[edit]

Pool uses a live-chat stream to respond to questions from viewers while reporting.[16] Pool has also let his viewers direct him on where to shoot footage.[17] He modified a toy remote-controlled Parrot AR.Drone for aerial surveillance and modified software for live streaming into a system called DroneStream.[7][18][19]

Pool uses new technologies for coverage of events. In 2013, he reported on the Gezi Park protests in Istanbul with Google Glass.[20][11]

Occupy Wall Street[edit]

Pool's use of livestreaming video and aerial drones during Occupy Wall Street protests prompted an article in The Guardian about excessive surveillance.[19] He has often been threatened for filming. In January 2012 he was physically accosted by a masked assailant.[21][22] Pool's video taken during the protests was instrumental evidence in the acquittal of photographer Alexander Arbuckle, who had been arrested by the NYPD. The video showed that the arresting officer lied under oath, though no charges were filed.[23]

NONATO protests incident[edit]

While covering the NONATO protests at the 2012 Chicago summit, Pool, along with four others was pulled over by a dozen Chicago police officers in unmarked vehicles. The group was removed from the vehicle at gunpoint, interrogated and searched. The official reason given by police was that the vehicle the team had been in matched a description. The group was released after approximately 10 minutes.[24]

Reporting on immigration issues in Sweden[edit]

In February 2017, Pool traveled to Sweden to investigate media reports of "no-go zones" and problems with refugees in the country. He did this partly in response to a challenge from Infowars writer Paul Joseph Watson, who offered to pay for travel costs and accommodation for any reporter "to stay in crime ridden migrant suburbs of Malmö."[25][26] Swedish police disputed Pool's report that police had escorted him out, saying their shared routes were coincidental while agreeing that they had advised Pool to leave the Rinkeby area.[27]


Pool was nominated as a Time 100 personality in 2012.[28] The following year he received a Shorty Award in the "Best Journalist in Social Media" category.[29]


  1. ^ a b Townsend, Allie (November 15, 2011). "Watch: Occupy Wall Street, Broadcasting Live". newsfeed.time.com. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  2. ^ Jim Fields (December 14, 2011). "The Media Messenger of Zuccotti Park". Time Magazine. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  3. ^ Martha DeGrasse (November 17, 2011). "Mobile phone streams Occupy Wall Street to the world". TCRWireless. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  4. ^ @Timcast (April 16, 2017). "@tariqnasheed Im a mixed race high school dropout from the southside of Chicago and we probably agree on many issues but you wont even give it a chance" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  5. ^ S.A., COPESA, Consorcio Periodistico de Chile. "Indignado en Wall St - La Tercera El Semanal - La Tercera Edición Impresa" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on February 27, 2015.
  6. ^ @timcast (April 16, 2017). "@tariqnasheed Yea I'm korean, osage, german-irish" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  7. ^ a b c Sean Captain (January 6, 2012). "Threat Level: Livestreaming Journalists Want to Occupy the Skies With Cheap Drones". Wired. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  8. ^ Martin, Adam (January 5, 2012). "The Very Public Breakup of Occupy Wall Street's Ustream Team". The Atlantic Wire. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  9. ^ Coscarelli, Joe (January 5, 2012). "Daily Intel: Occupy Wall Street's Video Stars Are Feuding". New York Magazine. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  10. ^ Sean Captain (November 21, 2011). "Tim Pool And Henry Ferry: The Men Behind Occupy Wall Street's Live Stream". Fast Company. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  11. ^ a b Dredge, Stuart (July 30, 2013). "How Vice's Tim Pool used Google Glass to cover Istanbul protests" – via The Guardian.
  12. ^ Steel, Emily (September 7, 2014). "Fusion Set to Name Director of Media Innovation" – via NYTimes.com.
  13. ^ "Fusion Website".
  14. ^ "Fusion Brings On Tim Pool - Cision". September 9, 2014.
  15. ^ Sawers, Paul (April 29, 2014). "Vice's Tim Pool Launches Tagg.ly Watermarking App". The Next Web. Retrieved May 8, 2017.
  16. ^ "Occupy PressThink: Tim Pool". Pressthink. November 20, 2011. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  17. ^ Joanna (November 15, 2011). "Watch: Occupy Wall Street, Broadcasting Live". Ustream.tv. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  18. ^ The Big Picture RT (January 4, 2012). "Is OWS now fighting back w/Drones?" – via YouTube.
  19. ^ a b Sharkey, Noel; Knuckey, Sarah (December 21, 2011). "Occupy Wall Street's 'occucopter' – who's watching whom?". London: The Guardian. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  20. ^ Martin, Adam (December 7, 2011). "Occupy Wall Street Has a Drone: The Occucopter". The Atlantic Wire. Retrieved January 7, 2012.
  21. ^ Devereaux, Ryan (February 3, 2012). "Occupy Wall Street: 'There's a militant animosity bred by direct action'". The Guardian. London.
  22. ^ "Anarchists Think Photographers And Reporters Are The "Fu*king Enemy"". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012.
  23. ^ Paul Levinson (2012). New New Media, 2nd edition. Pearson. p. 182.
  24. ^ "Independent Journalists Detained at Gunpoint".
  25. ^ Bowden, George (February 21, 2017). "Paul Joseph Watson Comes Good On Twitter Offer To 'Investigate Malmo, Sweden, Crimes'". HuffPost UK. Retrieved March 14, 2018.
  26. ^ "The man sent to 'crime ridden' Sweden by a right-wing journalist has reported his findings". indy100. February 28, 2017.
  27. ^ "Police dispute US journalist's claim he was escorted out of Rinkeby". theloclal.se. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  28. ^ "The 2012 Time 100 Poll". Time. March 29, 2012.
  29. ^ "Shorty Awards 2013 honors Michelle Obama, Jimmy Kimmel".

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