Author: John Koopman

John Koopman is a recovering journalist who spent 25 years as a newspaper reporter in Florida, Nebraska and San Francisco. Most of that time was spent chasing the dark and gritty aspects of life, covering war, crime, death and sex. After being laid off by the San Francisco Chronicle, Koopman went down a rabbit hole of interesting and sometimes slightly shady jobs, including strip club manager, Uber driver, census taker and bartender. A former Marine, he is the author of “McCoy’s Marines: Darkside to Baghdad,” a memoir of covering the war in Iraq. Koopman, who is 63 but immature for his age, will focus on economic hardships related primarily to veterans and older folks.

Co-published with Rolling Stone. A veteran reporter looks back on when he was laid off from his newspaper gig and instead of taking a dead-end desk job turned to running van loads of marijuana across state lines.

Co-published with Literary Hub. “Even after 25 years in journalism, I never knew humanity the way I did working at a strip club and moving product.”

Co-published with Fast Company's Co.Exist with additional support from Capital & Main. I used to write for a newspaper. Now I'm an Uber driver: "Thanks to Uber, I am not poor. I am just

Skip to content