Christopher Kozal Brennan


Columbia University, Columbia College, 2013

B. A. in Russian Literature and Culture, Political Science, GPA 3.71/4

Moscow State University, Moscow, Russia Philology Department, 2012


Daily Mail Online

Reporter February 2015 to Present

Writing and reporting for MailOnline from the New York City office. Highlights include an exclusive interview with the mother of one of two men who died in the 2nd Avenue building explosion.

The Daily Mail Graduate Scheme

Traine September 2014 – Present

Trained on The Daily Mail’s graduate trainee scheme in Britain, which included six weeks training at the Press Association with Peter Sands, eight weeks reporting for the Liverpool Echo and seven weeks training at the Daily Mail offices in London.

The Moscow Times

Reporter June 2013 to June 2014

Writing for The Moscow Times website and print edition. Personal highlights include writing from Kiev during the Russian occupation of Crimea and breaking the story of racial discrimination against a U.S. ballerina at the Bolshoi Academy, which was picked up internationally by outlets such as The Guardian and El Pais.

Previously served as associate editor until March 2014, which included filling in as news editor, opinion editor, and web editor for extended periods.

Reporter-Writer January 2013 – Present

Freelance writing including reporting for The New York Daily News. One highlight included working on the WKCR Sports team that broke news of Columbia football players’ racist and homophobic tweets, which garnered local and national media attention.

New York Observer

Reporter (Intern) September –December 2012

Pitching, writing, and uploading stories for various sections and news blogs including Politicker, Velvet Roper, and Betabeat. Highlights included covering Hurricane Sandy and Edie Windsor.

The Moscow Times

Correspondent (Intern) June-August 2012

Pitching ideas and writing stories on deadline for the Arts & Ideas desk. Reporting in Russian and English. Writing headlines. Sourcing photos for events calendar.

Columbia Community Impact English as a Second Language

Head Teacher, October 2010-May 2012

Created a curriculum and taught English as a Second Language to adults for two hours every week in Harlem.

Student Publications:

Columbia Political Review: Web Chief April 2012-January 2013

Assigning and editing stories, interviews, and columns for 20 web staffers. Began campus news coverage and enhanced social media presence. Previously a senior editor, columnist, and reporter since 2011.

Blue and White Magazine: Staff Writer, 2010-2011


Microsoft Office, iMovie, WordPress and other CMS, Adobe InDesign, Photoshop, HTML, Java, R, LexisNexis, Data entry, Shorthand

Languages: Russian-Fluent, Spanish-Intermediate


Fulbright ETA Grantee for Georgia and Tajikistan 2013-2014

Harriman Institute Undergraduate Fellowship, Summer 2012

Dean’s List throughout undergraduate studies.


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