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Explore a selection of work from Dave Copeland's 20+ years as a journalist, blogger and freelance writer.

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For more than 10 years, Dave Copeland has been sharing his experience as a writer and journalist with students at universities in Massachusetts.

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Dave Copeland is available for a wide range of speaking engagements, including discussions on fake news and media studies.

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About Dave Copeland

Dave Copeland is the author of Blood & Volume: Inside New York’s Israeli Mafia (Barricade, 2007), which won the Eric Hoffer Award For Independent Books and marked the first time a journalist gained inside access to the brutal crime syndicate that operated in New York City in the 1980’s. According to Publisher’s Weekly, the book is a "thrilling guts-and-glory look inside the Israeli organized crime machine of 1980s New York City...The wild ride Copeland unfurls has all the insane highs and lows an audience familiar with Blow and Wiseguy expects, and they don't disappoint...a story so entertaining that, were it not rooted in such ably handled characters—at once despicable, pitiable and human—it might be unbelievable."

Copeland received his MFA in creative nonfiction writing from Goucher College in 2006 and, since then, has worked on a variety of ghostwriting projects on topics ranging from performance-enhancing drugs in professional sports to the state of Florida’s landmark settlement with Big Tobacco. Copeland has nearly 20 years of experience as a journalist, having worked for The Boston Globe, The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review and the Dow Jones News Service. His freelance work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Boston magazine and Reason. Copeland currently works as a news editor for, the hyperlocal news site.

In addition to his work as a writer and journalist, Copeland has been a guest visiting lecturer in the Communication Studies Department at Bridgewater State University since 2007, where he teaches courses on journalism and digital media, as well as writing class in the school’s English Department. He has taught in the expository writing program at Bentley University since 2015.

Copeland grew up in Melrose, Massachusetts and attended the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He has also lived in New York and Pittsburgh and currently lives outside of Boston with his wife, Kate, and their daughter, Mia Rose.

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