Allen McDuffee

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Philadelphia, PA
Aurora University
Political History, Tennis, '80s Pop Culture
  • Throughout his reporting career, Allen has interviewed Senators, Members of Congress, and presidential candidates.
  • Allen's writing has been cited in congressional testimony.
  • For his first investigative journalism story, he landed on a White House memo from Karl Rove that acknowledged the anthrax vaccine given to the military was problematic.


Allen McDuffee is a professional writer, reporter, investigative journalist, editor, and podcast host. Allen is currently working on a tennis journalism project called Court Theory. Previously, Allen wrote about national affairs for The Atlantic. He also covered national security for Wired, where he wrote about the Pentagon, military affairs and the defense industry. From 2011 to 2013 he covered policy, politics, think tanks, and the ideas industry for The Washington Post, where he broke the story about the Koch brothers suing for control of the Cato Institute, reported on the 2012 elections, and covered Google's international gathering of 80 former violent extremists in Dublin, Ireland. Allen has also written for The New Republic, The Nation, The American Prospect, Timeline, OZY, and the New York Observer, among others. He has been awarded funding from The Nation's Investigative Journalism Fund and has twice been a fellow at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. Allen's work is often cited by media outlets such as The New York Times, msnbc, Politico, and Slate. He is a regular radio show guest, including WNYC's The Takeaway and NPR's All Things Considered. Prior to his career in journalism, Allen worked for several years at Washington, DC think tanks and political consulting firms. After nearly a decade of shuttling between New York and Washington, DC, he has settled between the two in Philadelphia.


Allen has a B.A. in Communications, while also completing majors in Political Science and Philosophy.
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