associate director, research, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life
Alan Cooperman is the associate director for research at the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life. He came to the Pew Research Center in 2009 after a 27-year career in journalism, the last 10 years of which were at The Washington Post. During his decade at the Post, he worked in many parts of the newsroom, including five years as a national staff writer covering religion. He also served as deputy foreign editor, senior editor of the Post's book review section and national security editor. In the latter capacity, he helped oversee the Post's Pulitzer Prize- winning coverage of the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Before joining the Post in 1999, Alan was foreign editor of U.S. News & World Report, where he oversaw eight foreign bureaus and a staff of Washington- based reporters covering the Pentagon, State Department, National Security Council and intelligence agencies. He lives with his wife and two sons in Washington, D.C.