Tim Mak Tim Mak is a political reporter for NPR.
Allison Shelley/NPR
Tim Mak in 2018.
Allison Shelley/NPR

Tim Mak

Political Reporter

Tim Mak covers national security and politics for NPR.

His reporting topics include investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as the potential for future interference by foreign actors; challenges to America's democratic institutions; as well as the conservative movement and Republicans in the context of the 2018 elections.

Before joining NPR, Mak worked as a senior correspondent at The Daily Beast, covering the 2016 presidential elections with an emphasis on foreign affairs. He has also worked on the Politico Defense team, the Politico breaking news desk, and at the Washington Examiner. He covered the rise of the Tea Party movement in 2009 and 2010 for FrumForum. He has reported abroad from the Horn of Africa and East Asia.

Mak graduated with a B.A. from McGill University, where he was a valedictorian. He also holds a national certification as an Emergency Medical Technician.

[+] read more[-] less

Story Archive

The pro-gun messaging by the Internet Research Agency, which once made its home in St. Petersburg, Russia, was unusually consistent as part of influence operations against the U.S. Naira Davlashyan/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Naira Davlashyan/AP

Russia's Divisive Twitter Campaign Took A Rare Consistent Stance: Pro-Gun

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/648803459/650619100" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In this file photo taken on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, Maria Butina walks with Alexander Torshin, then a member of the Russian upper house of parliament, in Moscow, Russia. Pavel Ptitsin/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Pavel Ptitsin/AP

Maria Butina, Accused Of Being Russian Agent, Has Long History Of Urging Protest

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/647174528/649626103" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., speaks to the media during his weekly news conference at the Capitol on Thursday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Facebook's chief operating officer, Sheryl Sandberg, was interviewed at the company's offices in Menlo Park, Calif. She faces questions from Congress about combating foreign interference. Deanne Fitzmaurice/NPR hide caption

toggle caption
Deanne Fitzmaurice/NPR

Senate Committee Vents About Hijacking Of Big Tech For Information War

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/644607908/644757516" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

"I think we all still have PTSD from 2016," says Raffi Krikorian, chief technology officer at the Democratic National Committee, referring to the massive hack of DNC emails at a pivotal moment in the presidential election. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 23

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/641413355/641416844" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Democratic National Committee Says It Caught Cyberattack In The Act

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/641005248/641005261" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

The logo for Facebook appears on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite in New York. Richard Drew/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Richard Drew/AP

Facebook Shuts 652 Iran-Backed Accounts Linked In Global Disinformation Campaign

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/640696857/640735928" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Microsoft Says It Discovered — And Stopped — Attempted Cyberattack Tied To Russia

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/640630592/640630593" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

'Unite The Right' White Nationalist Rally Drowned Out By Counterprotesters

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/638306937/638306941" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Weekly Roundup: Thursday, August 9

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/637322914/637327827" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript