Journalist and historian. Follow me @MatthewKovac.
I’m a writer and researcher based in Chicago. For the past three years, I’ve worked with the watchdog group Progress Michigan to hold state officials accountable for the Flint Water Crisis. Previously, I investigated wrongful convictions with the Chicago Innocence Center and covered race and poverty issues for The Chicago Reporter magazine.
This fall I’m heading to Oxford for my master’s in modern European history. My research explores the role of Irish World War I veterans in the struggle against British rule.
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 completed my bachelor’s degree at Northwestern, where I studied journalism and history and served as editor-in-chief of The Protest magazine.