Hi, I'm Tony Dokoupil, a correspondent for CBS News.
Previously, I spent three years at NBC News, where most recently I was a correspondent for MSNBC.
I was the network’s lead reporter on a run of big national stories, including the Paris climate agreement, the Flint water crisis and the armed occupation of federal land in Oregon. I also covered the presidential primaries and co-wrote “Continental Drift,” a 10-part global series on the migrant crises.
Earlier, I was a senior writer for NBC News, where I contributed scripts and features to digital, and co-produced pieces for Today and Nightly News. I also wrote the first NBC News "long form" project: "Send in the Weathermen," which also appeared as a segment on MSNBC.
Outside of NBC, I wrote a book: "The Last Pirate" (Doubleday, 2014). The New York Times called it "a probing, exuberant memoir." People Magazine said the story "will fill you with hope." And the Washington Post praised "the rollicking prose." You can read excerpts in Slate and Esquire.
Over the years I've appeared on the Today Show, 20/20, CBS Sunday Morning, Fresh Air (twice!), Morning Edition, CNN and all the hours of the clock on MSNBC. The Daily Show once turned my reporting into its "Moment of Zen" and The Tonight Show name-checked it in the opening monologue. More recently, Seth Meyers made fun of my sweater on The Late Show.
Previously, I was a senior writer at a magazine called Newsweek (go ask your parents). There, I wrote a string of cover stories, including "The Suicide Epidemic" "iCrazy" and "Dustoff 73." My story "The Last Dive," and the original video became Newsweek's first "animated" cover. Another original video about my father was a "must see" pick of the New York Times.
I studied business at George Washington University, where—and this just sounds immodest no matter what—I graduated first in my class. I was also co-captain of the baseball team, which is terrible now but wasn’t when I was there, I swear.
I have a masters degree in American Studies from Columbia University, and I earned a fellowship towards a PhD in media studies...before dropping out after two years to pursue journalism. It's unclear whether this was the best or worst decision of my life.