USC Annenberg School For Communication and Journalism


Marc Cooper

Digital Journalist

Award-winning journalist and author Marc Cooper has written about politics and culture from across the country and around the world for more than three decades.  He has covered rebellion, revolution and war from venues ranging from Egypt, Lebanon, and South Africa, to South and Central America, to Western and Eastern Europe. Cooper has also done extensive writing about American politics and has reported on several presidential campaigns.

His articles, interviews, and essays have appeared in dozens of publications ranging from The Atlantic, Harper’s and the Los Angeles Times Sunday Magazine to Rolling Stone and Playboy. He has produced and reported broadcast documentaries for the Christian Science Monitor, PBS Frontline, CBS News and public radio in the U.S. and Canada. From 1995-2005 he was executive producer and host of the weekly, syndicated Radio Nation.  He serves as contributing editor to The Nation, as a frequent contributor to The Atlantic and was a columnist and senior editor for L.A. Weekly.

During the '08 presidential campaign he worked as Special Correspondent for The Huffington Post and was editorial director of HuffPo's citizen reporting project, OffTheBus.

Cooper’s career in journalism began by accident when he published an underground student newspaper while attending the Los Angeles-area Fairfax High School in the late 1960’s. At age 20 he went to work for the Presidential Press and Information Office in Santiago, Chile and served as translator to former President Salvador Allende until the time of the 1973 military coup.

His memoir of that period, Pinochet and Me, was published in 2001 and was a Los Angeles Times best-seller. He has published two other non-fiction books: Roll Over Che Guevara, and The Last Honest Place in America: Paradise and Perdition in the New Las Vegas.

Cooper has won several journalism prizes over his career including a Major Armstrong Award for reporting on Central America. The Greater Los Angeles Press Club named him Year 2000 Journalist of the Year.

Before his appointment to the full-time Annenberg faculty in 2006,  he was an adjunct professor of journalism since 2001, teaching undergraduate and graduate news writing and reporting. In 2002, Cooper was named a criminal justice fellow at the USC Annenberg Institute for Justice and Journalism. From 2005 until 2009 he served as Associate Director of the IJJ.

Cooper is also a fellow at the USC-based Los Angeles Institute for the Humanities, an emeritus member of the Writers Guild of America West and a former national executive board member and Vice-President for Organizing of the National Writers Union.

In 2009, he founded Annenberg Digital News, which publishes the 24/7 online news site Neon Tommy.