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Tim Mak is the Founder of The Counteroffensive ( The news organization uses human interest stories and investigations to tell the news of the war in Ukraine through a personal lens.

Rather than tell you what the news is, we focus on telling you a story of a person who went through the news -- and in the process report out an under-covered element of the war.

Previously, he was an Investigative Correspondent for National Public Radio, where he has worked from 2018 to 2023. In that role, he focused on accountability journalism and enterprise reporting while appearing regularly on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

For nearly fifteen years, he covered politics, national security, Congress and nonprofit organizations. During that time, he worked for a variety of publications, including The Daily Beast and Politico. His foreign reporting has taken him to South Sudan, Ethiopia, Djibouti, Japan and Hong Kong.

Mak's feature writing has appeared in Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair,  and the L.A. Times, among other prominent outlets.

His first book, published November 2021, is titled 'Misfire: Inside the Downfall of the NRA.'

Mak holds a B.A. from McGill University, where he graduated as valedictorian. He is also a former EMT who worked on the front lines of the COVID pandemic. In his spare time he likes to run, play the guitar, and surf.
You can review some of his prior work in the portfolio below.


Reporting Portfolio

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National Security

​Mak has a background of writing on issues relating to new technologies, national security and online extremism.

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