Tim Mak Tim Mak is a political reporter for NPR.
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Tim Mak in 2018.
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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.

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Pro-Trump Internet personalities Diamond and Silk speak during a 2016 Trump campaign in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Johnny Louis/WireImage hide caption

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Facebook Admits 'Enforcement Error' In How It Handled Content From Pro-Trump Duo

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Conservatives In Congress Asked Zuckerberg About 2 Sisters' Facebook Videos

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Smoke billows above Douma, Syria, on Saturday. The White House says President Trump is weighing military action following an alleged chemical attack in the town. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The National Rifle Association, which exhibited at the Conservative Political Action Committee conference, has acknowledged it has more Russian contributors than it previously did. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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Sanctions Against Russian Oligarchs Unlikely To Have Desired Impact

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New technologies for creating faked audio are evolving quickly in the era of active information campaigns and their use of "fake news." Stuart Kinlough/Ikon Images/Getty Images hide caption

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Technologies To Create Fake Audio And Video Are Quickly Evolving

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Technologies To Create Fake Audio And Video Are Quickly Evolving

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The National Rifle Association is responding to a request from a top congressional Democrat over foreign funding amid questions about its possible role in Russia's 2016 election meddling. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cambridge Analytica Scandal Raises New Ethical Questions About Microtargeting

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Former U.S. ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton speaks during the 2013 NRA Annual Meeting in Houston, the same year he recorded a promotional video for a Russian gun rights group with ties to the NRA. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., seen in 2013, stands out in the Republican Party for his urging of closer ties with Russia. Under the cloud of investigations over Russian meddling in American politics, he's being challenged over that stance in his re-election campaign. Lauren Victoria Burke/AP hide caption

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GOP Congressman's Pro-Russia Views Are An Issue In Re-Election Fight

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After initially saying he would not comply with a subpoena from Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, former Trump campaign aide Sam Nunberg appears to have changed his mind and is likely to cooperate. Drew Angerer/Getty Images hide caption

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Ex-Trump Aide Sam Nunberg Now Says He Is Likely To Cooperate With Mueller Subpoena

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Meet The Calif. Republican Embracing Russia In His Re-Election Campaign For Congress

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Russian politician Alexander Torshin, standing next to then-Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, attends a ceremony at the Kremlin in 2011. Torshin is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association and says he met Donald Trump through the group in 2015. Konstantin Zavrazhin/Getty Images hide caption

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Depth Of Russian Politician's Cultivation Of NRA Ties Revealed

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