Journalist and historian. Follow me @MatthewKovac.
I’m a writer and researcher focusing on human rights. For three years, I worked with the watchdog group Progress Michigan to hold state officials accountable for the Flint Water Crisis. Now I’m in the Bay Area supporting the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights‘ work on racial, economic, and immigrant justice.
I recently completed a master’s degree in modern British and European history at Oxford University. My research explores the role of Irish First World War veterans in the struggle against British rule. Previously, I investigated wrongful convictions with the Chicago Innocence Center and covered race and poverty issues for The Chicago Reporter magazine.
My writing appears on AlterNet, Black Agenda Report, Common Dreams, and Truthout. In 2013, the Society of Professional Journalists named me a National Finalist for its Mark of Excellence Award in Online Opinion and Commentary.
I hold a bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University, where I studied journalism and history and served as editor-in-chief of The Protest magazine.